38 Facts About Nick Clegg

1. Nick Clegg has scrubbed all traces of his anti-Brexit activism from his public Facebook page as he begins a new job as the social network's head of global affairs.

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2. Nick Clegg is already under fire for abandoning his campaign to stop Brexit and move to Silicon Valley to become Facebook's communications chief.

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3. Nick Clegg has been tasked with helping ensure the site is "working.

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4. In an interview in April 2011, Nick Clegg stated he dealt with the pressures of political office by reading novels late at night and he "cries regularly to music".

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5. In October 2018 it was announced Nick Clegg had been hired as a lobbyist and public relations officer in his role as Vice-President, Global Affairs and Communications at Facebook, replacing Elliot Schrage.

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6. On 23 June 2018 Nick Clegg appeared at the People's Vote march in London to mark the second anniversary of the referendum to leave the European Union.

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7. Nick Clegg was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for political and public service.

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8. In the 2017 general election, Nick Clegg lost to Labour candidate Jared O'Mara by a margin of 2,125 votes.

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9. Nick Clegg held his Sheffield Hallam seat with a reduced majority.

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10. In the face of the election results, Nick Clegg told the BBC that Liberal Democrats must "get up, dust ourselves down and move on".

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11. Nick Clegg described the result as an election in which Liberal Democrats "overcame the odds with a stunning victory.

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12. Nick Clegg campaigned for Remain in the 2016 EU referendum, as did most other Liberal Democrats, and became the Lib Dem spokesperson for Exiting the European Union and International Trade.

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13. Nick Clegg said that favoured by the Conservatives to make sure the Coalition is a fair and equal partnership.

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14. On 19 September 2012, Nick Clegg apologised, not for breaking his pledge, but for having "made a promise we weren't absolutely sure we could deliver".

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15. On 21 July 2010, Nick Clegg became the first Liberal Democrat leader to answer for Prime minister's questions.

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16. Nick Clegg confirmed that the government planned to introduce legislation for five-year fixed-term parliaments, with elections to be held on the first Thursday in May of the fifth year after the previous general election, starting with 7 May 2015.

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17. Nick Clegg told MPs: "Together, these proposals help correct the deep unfairness in the way we hold elections in this country.

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18. On 5 July 2010, Nick Clegg unveiled plans to have fewer MPs and to hold a referendum on the voting system so that the next general election would be contested under the Alternative Vote system.

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19. Nick Clegg campaigned to cut spending on defence projects such as Eurofighter as well as the UK Trident programme.

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20. Nick Clegg has aimed to modernise the Liberal Democrat Party at the same time as maintaining its traditions of political and philosophical Liberalism.

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21. Nick Clegg allegedly claimed the full amount permissible under the Additional Cost Allowance, including claims for food, gardening and redecorating his second home.

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22. Nick Clegg argued that the Conservatives were totally different from his party, and that the Lib Dems were the true "progressives" in UK politics.

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23. Nick Clegg rejected an appeal from Cameron for their two parties to work together.

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24. Nick Clegg was appointed to the Privy Council on 30 January 2008, and affirmed his membership on 12 March 2008.

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25. Nick Clegg caused a degree of controversy when, at the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2007, he admitted his leadership ambitions to journalists at a fringe event.

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26. In January 2007, Nick Clegg launched the 'We Can Cut Crime!' campaign, "proposing real action at a national level and acting to cut crime where the Liberal Democrats are in power locally".

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27. Nick Clegg had been a signatory to the letter circulated by Vince Cable prior to Kennedy's resignation, which stated his opposition to working under Kennedy's continued leadership.

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28. In 2004, Nick Clegg explained to the Select Committee on European Union that the aim of MEPs like himself, who had been active in the debate on the EU's negotiating mandate, was to obtain the right to ratify any major WTO deal entered into by the European Union.

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29. Nick Clegg decided to leave Brussels in 2002, arguing in an article in The Guardian newspaper that the battle to persuade the public of the benefits of Europe was being fought at home, not in Brussels.

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30. In December 2000, Nick Clegg became the Parliament's Draftsman on a complex new EU telecoms law relating to "local loop unbundling"—opening-up telephone networks across Europe to competition.

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31. Nick Clegg worked extensively during his time as an MEP to support the party in the region, not least in Chesterfield where Paul Holmes was elected as MP in 2001.

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32. As part of this role, Nick Clegg was in charge of the EC negotiating team on Chinese and Russian accession talks to the World Trade Organization.

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33. In 1993, Nick Clegg won the inaugural Financial Times David Thomas Prize, in remembrance of an FT journalist killed on assignment in Kuwait in 1991.

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34. Nick Clegg is an alumnus of the "Mozart Promotion" of the College of Europe.

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35. Nick Clegg has maintained he has "no recollection of that whatsoever".

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36. Nick Clegg spent the summer of 1989 as an office junior in Postipankki bank in Helsinki.

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37. In the 2017 general election, Nick Clegg was defeated in his constituency of Sheffield Hallam by Jared O'Mara of the Labour Party.

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38. Born in Buckinghamshire, Nick Clegg was educated at the University of Cambridge, the University of Minnesota, and the College of Europe.

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