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'''Nick Clegg''' is the current leader of the [[Liberal Democrats|Liberal Democrat Party]] in the [[United Kingdom]]. A relative newcomer to high-profile politics, Clegg was elected to the Commons in 2005 as MP for Sheffield Hallam, after previously sitting in the European Parliament as MEP for the East Midlands, he then took the reins of his party in 2007.  Much to the [[Daily Mail]]'s disgust,<ref>http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/election/article-1266826/The-United-Nations-Nick-Clegg.html</ref> Clegg is a metropolitan chap, complete with Dutch mother and Spanish wife, and being fluent in German, Spanish, French and Dutch.
==2010 UK General Election==
Following his showing on the first leaders' debates he went from being an unknown to being the most popular leader since Churchill,<ref>[http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/vote_2010/popular+clegg+compared+to+churchill/3617787 it says here]</ref> by virtue of a single TV debate in which he was much less terrible than [[Gordon Brown]] attempting to smile or the [[David Cameron | Dave Cameron]] that had been Photoshopped onto the screen. He also did well in the second and third TV debates.
He promised to "break the mould of British politics" by making the Lib-Dems an influential third party. This, at least, demonstrates that he has not broken the mould of Lib-Dem election campaigns - they ''always'' promise this.
However, his greatness did not last, as the Lib Dems actually got ''less'' seats in the election itself. Following the election there was no outright winner and there was a slightly confused period of negotiation followed by ...
==Previous history==
Prior to the 2010 general election, practically no one knew who Nick Clegg was, with the name being just vaguely associated with a long string of Liberal Democrat leaders who weren't, you know, watsisname, or whoever, or that alcoholic one. Before becoming a member of Parliament, he was a member of the [[European Parliament]] - in future he plans to work his way up to Sheffield City Council.
== Quotes ==
The [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z94CgVyE5Xo Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie] described him as [http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/19/scottish-tories-attack-nick-clegg an "immensely irritating" and "tiresome" insect]. But then, she would.
==See also==
*[[Gordon Brown]]
*[[David Cameron]]
==External Links==
* [http://www.libdems.org.uk/splash.aspx Liberal Democrats] Official website

Revision as of 19:15, 11 May 2010

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