Clegg, Nick(Nicholas William Peter Clegg), 1967–, British politician, grad. Cambridge (M.A., 1989), College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium (M.A., 1992). Of British, Russian, and Dutch descent, he worked for the European Commission (1994–99) before he entered politics. A Liberal Democrat, he served in the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004 and was elected to the British parliament in 2005. In 2007 he became party leader of the Liberal DemocratsLiberal Democrats,
British political party created in 1988 by the merger of the Liberal party with the Social Democratic party; the party was initially called the Social and Liberal Democratic party.
..... Click the link for more information. . After the 2010 parliamentary elections, in which no party won a majority, he led his party into a coalition government with the Conservative partyConservative party,
British political party, formally the Conservative and Unionist party and a continuation of the historic Tory party. The Rise of the Conservative Party
..... Click the link for more information. —Britain's first coalition government since the 1940s—and became deputy prime minister (2010–15). In 2015, however, the party suffered large losses, and he resigned as party leader.