SIR NICK CLEGG
FOrmer deputy prime minister of the united Kingdom
The future of Europe
Centrist policy making
Sir Nick Clegg is a former leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who served during the Coalition Government of 2010-15. In a period characterised by recovery from the financial turmoil of the 2008 banking crisis, Sir Nick achieved significant reforms in the fields of early education and NHS mental health care, and also spearheaded referenda on Scottish independence and the UK’s election system.
Sir Nick was MP for Sheffield Hallam for 12 years until the 2017 general election, though he began his political career in the European Parliament, where he specialised in trade and industry affairs and served as an international trade negotiator for the European Commission. Sir Nick is unashamedly pro-EU and made stopping Brexit the topic of his second, best-selling, book, How to Stop Brexit – And how to Make Britain Great Again (2017). Sir Nick’s first book, Politics – Between the Extremes (2016), detailed his time in the Coalition Government and where he sees the place of liberalism in contemporary politics.
Sir Nick is well known for his public speaking. It was his performance on televised political debates ahead of the 2010 general election which helped to catapult his party into government and made him the first Liberal Democrat to ever hold high office. Sir Nick also held a weekly radio call-in show whilst serving as Deputy Prime Minister. Known as ‘Call Clegg’, this broadcast was an important innovation in open government and public engagement.
Post-government, Sir Nick heads Open Reason, a liberal think-tank which aims to engage with liberalist ideas through debate and open conversation. He is also a member of the centrist think-tank, Radix, and is a Global Commissioner for the Global Commission on Drugs Policy. Sir Nick is also a trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation. He was knighted in the 2018 New Years Honours List.
SIR NICK'S TALKS
Sir Nick has occupied the second highest position in the UK government, where he led his party through a turbulent economic recovery. His speeches, delivered with his customary candour and wit are highly valuable to businesses seeking to weather the economic uncertainties and difficulties of Brexit and the future of Europe.