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.

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

Defiant Clegg hails coalition’s strength

Speculation grows as to whether he will have to step down after election

Parties seek to woo small company bosses

Miliband, Osborne and Clegg hear demands from federation

Cameron nods to one 7-way election debate

Three main leaders will face solo Question Time-style appearances

UK apprentices awarded 20% pay increase

CBI accuses ministers of politicising minimum wage

Clegg vows to ‘defy the odds’ at election

Bookmakers predict the party will win fewer than 30 seats

Outgoing party president, Tim Farron MP, makes a speech at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow this afternoon.
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Clegg’s likely successor set to pick up pieces

Tim Farron criticises party’s handling of coalition

Tories accused of ‘extreme’ cutback plans

Balls says budget surplus target will hit social care and police numbers

Gender pay-gap details to be published

Lib Dems win law change to force transparency on wages

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Prime Minister David Cameron, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband attend a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Central Hall Westminster on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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PM ‘cowering behind sofa’ over TV debates

Labour claims Cameron has made ‘self-immolating’ mistake

Cameron and Miliband should go head-to-head

The PM should agree to a direct TV debate with the Labour leader

Cable leads Heathrow third runway battle

Role fuels Lib Dem concerns of fresh policy U-turn after election

Cameron paves way for Welsh tax vote

Prime minister announces devolution moves in Cardiff

Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg canvasses for votes in the affluent suburb of Dore in his Sheffield Hallam constituency. On the left is Colin Ross, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Sheffield Council and a councillor for Dore and Totley.
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Clegg’s seat under threat from Labour

Polls show Lib Dem leader trailing in Sheffield Hallam constituency

Political leaders in joint climate pledge

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg seek to put issue above politics

Illustration of UK politics by Jonathan McHugh
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A singular election to test civil service

The cabinet secretary should heed the boy scout’s motto — ‘be prepared’, writes Gus O’Donnell

Reece Dinsdale, centre, as George Jones in ‘The Absence of War'
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The Absence of War, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK — review

Two decades on, the portrayal of politics has lost its potency

Lib Dems pledge extra education spending

Clegg sets out election terms for any future coalition

Business leaders dismiss early EU referendum

Politicians competing to woo audience at British Chambers of Commerce ahead of election

Clegg’s broken promise still irks students

Lib Dems have to woo Cambridge’s churned electorate

Clegg proposes extra taxes to cut deficit

Liberal Democrats plan levy on bank balance sheets and ‘mansion tax’

Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party. Photographed in near Westminster, London.
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Cameron’s bluff called on TV poll debates

Broadcasters offer to include Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru

Cameron impatient at Chilcot delay

Subjects of criticism in draft report given opportunity to respond

David Laws Liberal Democrats 2/10/14
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Coalition talks must be swift, says Laws

Lib Dem negotiator says voters will punish parties that delay

Clegg attacks greater powers for ‘snoopers’ bill

Cameron argues for more powers for intelligence services

Rivals warn Cameron over TV debates

Miliband, Clegg, Farage propose empty podium for PM

Green party leadet Natalis Bennett
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Channels confident over election debates

Broadcasters working with ‘all parties to ensure they happen’

Alexander attacks Osborne over cuts

Chancellor’s plans amount to ‘wilful destruction’, Lib Dem minister says

Law partner and mother? Do a split shift

A senior lawyer has found a way to combine career and mothering

Ministerial special advisers’ pay up 17%

Cameron and Clegg under fire over coalition pledge on ‘Spads’

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Food banks report adds to coalition unease

UK parliamentary inquiry calls for strategies to eliminate hunger

Ministers propose government-built houses

Government would commission homes, sell them and keep any profit

Clegg plans £2bn road upgrade to south west

Deputy PM to confirm proposal to tunnel A303 under Stonehenge

PM’s migrant welfare curbs win backing

Labour and Lib Dems echo harder pre-election line on immigration

Autumn Statement 2014: Leeds and Sheffield to win more power

Chancellor expected to give cities greater control of spending

Clegg backs benefit curbs for immigrants

Deputy prime minister pre-empts Cameron over crackdown

Cameron pressed to make key address

Ex-minister urges PM to start two-year process of withdrawing UK from EU