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.

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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Second home owners targeted by Lib Dems

Council tax could be doubled under party’s plans

UK election: Who will run Britain?

In two weeks, if the polls are right, intense horse-trading will begin to form the next government

FILE - NOVEMBER 13, 2012: Nurses warn about the loss of 60.000 posts since the coalition came to power, but the Department of Health insists on a strong NHS performance. BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nurses in the accident and emergency dept of Selly Oak Hospital work during a busy shift on March 16, 2010 in Birmingham, England. As the UK gears up for one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent history it is expected that that the economy, immigration, industry, the NHS and education are likely to form the basis of many of the debates. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Parties trade public sector pay pledges

Burnham focuses on NHS as Clegg vows action across sector

Westminster minority not ideal but workable

Political uncertainty is troubling but it need not spell chaos

Labour seeks common ground with Lib Dems

Miliband’s allies claim there is ‘substantial overlap’ in policy

Miliband rebuffs SNP anti-Tory deal

Rivals attack Cameron for missing pre-poll clash

Entrepreneurs back Lib Dems in letter

UK would benefit from party in coalition, say 50 business people

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Five things to know about UK election

‘Hung parliament’ is not on the ballot, but polls suggest stalemate is the nation’s choice

Clegg says Lib Dems open to new coalition

Party leader unveils manifesto allowing post-election deal

Britons split on EU exit, says poll

Survey finds 40% want to stay and 39% want to go

Quick guide to the Liberal Democrat manifesto

Education is main focus with promise of extra £2.5bn a year by 2020

Clegg to pledge extra £2.5bn on education

Deputy premier will say Lib Dems want to stay in office

Lib Dems soften tax raid on wealthy homes

Nick Clegg spells out proposals to balance the books

Cameron struggles to find breakthrough

PM changes focus to ‘Conservative dream’ as polls refuse to budge

Politics: an outsider’s game

‘The great advantage of posing as an outsider is that it allows candidates to pander to the voters’ contempt for existing politicians’

‘Happy Warrior’ confronts bomber pilot

Prof Tim Bale analyses the strategies adopted by UK party leaders

The hidden dangers of Sturgeon mania

Political deals with the SNP will come at a high price for Britain

TV debate was ‘we agree with Nicola’ show

Only the SNP leader was genuinely impressive

Cameron’s quiet gamble seems to pay off

PM set out for a nil-nil draw — and that is what he got

Leaders' TV debate

Highs and lows of leaders’ TV clash

The seven-way televised debate gave party leaders a chance to set out their stalls

Farage bookies’ favourite to win debate

Cameron to face six rival leaders in his only head-to-head clash

Clegg at risk of losing seat, says poll

Lib Dem leader is two points behind Labour rival

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Lib Dems hope personality trumps party in St Ives

Candidate in Cornish seat faces threat from Tories

Clegg set to exact EU referendum price

Lib Dems expected to demand vote for foreign bloc nationals

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The people who want to run Britain

What makes the country’s biggest political figures tick?

Jonathan McHugh illustration
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The prince plots to steal Cameron’s crown

Those who think the Tories would not move against a sitting prime minister forget Thatcher’s fall


The sludge report

In the era of coalition, the political tie is becoming more and more muddy coloured, says Charlie Porter

Corporate democracy, Guardian-style

Letting staff vote on their new boss is high risk, high return

UK facing up to austerity, study suggests

Survey finds little appetite for tax rise to fund services