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.


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

Britain and the cuts: Pain tolerated

Decision not to tighten screws further means tougher measures have been deferred

Birmingham and Black Country join forces

Five Midlands councils plan combined authority with more powers

Clegg seeks protection for journalists

Lib Dems push law change to assist responsible reporting

Tory plans risk EU exit, warns Clegg

Lib Dem leader accuses Conservatives of panicking on immigration

Alexander to be LibDem shadow chancellor

Move reflects chill between Vince Cable and Nick Clegg

Senior Lib Dem to quit in marginal seat

Browne was hotly tipped to take over leadership from Clegg

Salmond opens prospect of new vote

Scottish first minister says UK leaders reneging on promises

Broadcasters want Farage in TV debate

Plans include Ukip leader in one of three pre-election showcases

America’s economy is cooking on shale

As businesses enjoy lower energy costs, a new spirit of collaboration is taking hold

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, makes his keynote speech at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow this afternoon.
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Speech of passion and panache is too late

Clegg delivers best conference address but troops are melting away

Clegg urges party to hold centre ground

Lib Dem leader stresses tax cuts, education and mental health

Lib Dems plan CGT increases

Proposal to raise rate for high earners to fund tax cut

Lib Dems start jockeying to succeed Clegg

Party president Tim Farron seen as likely candidate in leadership contest

Clegg defeated on airport proposals

Lib Dems maintain opposition to new runways

Clegg could yet be kingmaker in 2015

The deputy PM has changed the raison d’être of the Liberal Democrats from protest to power

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