Nick Clegg illustration by Joe Cummings

Prior to his election as MP for Sheffield Hallam in 2005, Nick Clegg has been an MEP for the East Midlands. He became leader of the Liberal Democrats in December 2007.

After the 2010 general election produced a hung parliament, he took his party into coalition with the Conservatives, taking the office of deputy prime minister in the new government.


David Cameron

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Prime minister makes final visit to Brussels summit as leader

Queen takes Brexit complaint to regulator

Michael Gove denies being source of leak

Election inquest damns Lib Dem strategy

Lack of research left party ‘flying blind’, concludes review

Multiparty politics fails to materialise

No end in sight to first-past-the-post as Tory, Labour — and now SNP — keep stranglehold on Commons

Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

Year in a word: Edstone

The Labour party’s monument to political hubris

‘Authoritarian’ claims levelled at PM

Five main reforms could weaken opposition to the government

A chance for reform in Spain

Voters want a focus on cleaning up politics, writes Miriam González Durántez

Record year for M&A with big deals and big promises

Investors should take synergy claims with pinch of salt

Jelly babies keep Sir Humphrey sweet

Interviews with ex-ministers reveal inner workings of Whitehall

Tim Farron moves Lib Dems away from left

New leader adopts ‘Orange Book’ approach of Nick Clegg

Lib Dem family goes in search of a home

Farron swings from radical to middle ground pitch

Farron woos Labour voters — and MPs

Lib Dem leader says party ‘more relevant’ after Corbyn election

Lib Dems claim approach from Labour MPs

Farron acting as an ‘agony aunt’ after Corbyn victory

Addison Lee founder funded Tory campaign

Donation of £660,000 given as London taxi battle was heating up

Tim Farron
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Farron hints at Lib Dem leadership bid

Former party president expected to announce candidacy in days

Cameron’s one nation mission

Vow to govern ‘for one UK’ as focus turns to threat of Brexit

David Cameron gives a speech in Downing Street today announcing that the Conservatives had won a majority in the general election.

Victory over two Eds better than one

Everyone who had ever dissed or irritated Cameron suddenly found themselves vaporised

David Cameron gives a speech in Downing Street today announcing that the Conservatives had won a majority in the general election.

Famous win offers chance to restore UK

David Cameron’s task is to save the union and stay in Europe

Miserable denouement of Clegg’s ambition

Lib Dems in mourning and have few to choose from for leadership

Cameron’s “one nation” government

PM vows to deliver on devolution, pays tribute to rivals

David Cameron, with wife Samantha, announces in Downing Street on Friday that his Conservative party had won a majority in parliament
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Cameron sweeps to victory in UK election

SNP wipes Labour out in Scotland, deepening rift with England

Clegg’s political legacy in tatters

Popularity of Lib Dem leader sowed the seeds of his downfall

Lib Dems suffer electoral disaster

Clegg quits as party pays huge price for coalition

Cameron ‘still fighting for a majority’

Tories ready to talk with Lib Dems if poll produces hung parliament

Cameron and Miliband eye coalition deals

Tory policy chief told to prepare agreement with Lib Dems

Earth, wind and fire fail to damp Clegg

Perhaps Lib Dem leader really believes results will not be that bad

Tactical voters try to make their ballot count

Clegg could be rescued from defeat by Tory support

Sheffield Tories back Clegg over Labour

Deputy prime minister ‘very confident’ of retaining seat

Cameron prepared to ‘move quickly’ to form coalition

Tory leader expected to seize initiative with Clegg in case of hung parliament

UK party leaders set for knife-edge election

Opinion polls put Cameron and Miliband neck-and-neck for Thursday’s vote

SALFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 2: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISING. NO ARCHIVE AFTER MAY 02, 2015) In this handout provided by ITV, (L-R): Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative leader David Cameron take part in the ITV Leaders' Debate 2015 at MediaCityUK studios on April 2, 2015 in Salford, England. Tonight sees a televised leaders election debate between the seven political party leaders. The debate will be the only time that David Cameron and Ed Miliband will face each other before polling day on May 7th. (Photo by Ken McKay/ITV via Getty Images)
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Behind the political masks

Almost in spite of themselves, nearly all the party leaders have told us something worth knowing

Election Style

Westminster outfits of artless ordinariness

Our political leaders’ dress sense is completely bland

Of course, they had it tough

Yorkshire gives party leaders the northern grit treatment

Q&A election debat

Miliband rules out deal with SNP

Labour tries to galvanise support but poll gives Cameron Q&A win

Q&A election debat

Highs and lows of leaders’ TV clash

Final televised encounter gave leaders chance to hone message

FT | Election Focus Group An Election Focus Group discussion takes place in Frome, N Somerset at the Archangel pub. 29th April 2015 © Gareth Iwan Jones Photographer. Commissioned by Marcus Cotton
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Frome sees Tories as ‘lesser of two evils’

Lib Dems fight to hold on to traditional rural community

Compelling case for political continuity

A Conservative-led coalition would serve the United Kingdom best

Participants at FT Focus group held in the Wirral, Liverpool
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Focus group unsure about Miliband

PM looks stronger than Miliband, says West Wirral voter group

Deputy Prime minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, talks to the FT on a train to his constituency in Sheffield.
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Clegg: no Labour pact if it involves SNP

Labour consumed by ‘frothing bile’ towards Lib Dems

Deputy Prime minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, talks to the FT on a train to his constituency in Sheffield.
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Clegg clears hurdles to new Con-Lib deal

Deputy PM shows flexibility on EU referendum to woo Tories

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