Miriam Clegg

Miriam Clegg
Spouse of the Deputy Prime Minister
of the United Kingdom
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 May 2010
Personal details
Born (1968-05-31) 31 May 1968 (age 46)
Olmedo, Valladolid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Political party Liberal Democrat
Spouse(s) Nick Clegg (m. 2000-present)
Children Antonio, Alberto and Miguel
Alma mater University of Valladolid
Occupation Lawyer and lobbyist
Religion Roman Catholic

Miriam Clegg, known professionally by her maiden name Miriam González Durántez (born 31 May 1968) is a partner of international legal practice Dechert and the wife of Liberal Democrat Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP. She was born in Olmedo, Spain, and now lives and works in Britain with her husband and their three children.[1][2][3][4]

Early life

Miriam González Durántez was born to two teachers in Olmedo, in the Spanish province of Valladolid. Her father, José Antonio González Caviedes, was also Mayor of Olmedo and served as a Senator for Valladolid for the conservative People's Party (PP) from 1989 until his death in 1996.[5] She studied law at the University of Valladolid and then won a postgraduate scholarship to the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She met Nick Clegg in Bruges, and continued to work there.[6]

Career

Having previously worked as an advisor on trade law, economic relations and the Middle East to both the European Union and the British Government, Clegg is a partner at Dechert, where she works as the Head of the EU Trade and EU Relations. Prior to that, she worked at DLA Piper for six years.

She is considered an expert on European Union law and co-authored the book Regulatory Aspects of the WTO Telecoms Agreements.[7]

Since 2009 she has been a Vice-President of Canning House in London (the home of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council).[8]

On 8 June 2010 the Board of Directors of Acciona, S.A., the Spanish renewable energy infrastructure projects and water management conglomerate, announced its intention to table the appointment of Miriam Clegg as a non-executive Director at its forthcoming AGM to be held on 10 June 2010.[9]

Libyan controversy

In February 2011, controversy arose surrounding DLA Piper's lobbying efforts on behalf of the Libyan government. Liberal Democrats and Labour alike expressed concern, including European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs member Richard Howitt.[10]

Personal life

Miriam dated Nick Clegg for several years in Brussels before they decided to marry. They married in 2000 and have three sons. She insisted on Spanish names if they were to have the family name "Clegg". She is a practising Roman Catholic, and together with her husband they agreed that their children will be raised as such, though her husband is agnostic.[11][12][13] She has not taken British citizenship and so, as an EU citizen who is not a Commonwealth or Irish citizen, she can vote in local and European elections but not in UK Parliamentary elections.[14]

2010 UK General Election campaign

When Sarah Jane Brown and Samantha Cameron became increasingly involved in the media and 2010 United Kingdom general election campaigns, the spotlight turned to Miriam Clegg. She publicly said that she would be "willing to help" with the campaign but, unlike Samantha Cameron, she would be unable to take time off from work and her family life to take part,[15] although linguistic barriers also seem to have influenced this decision. Asked by a Spanish newspaper whether she would quit her job, Mrs Clegg said, "If Nick were Prime Minister and I had to give up my job to support the country, I would have no problem in doing so."[16]

References

es:Míriam Clegg

arz:ميريام جونزاليز دورانتيز

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