Clegg’s first major elected position was as a MEP for the East Midlands from 1999 to 2004. He was elected Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam in the 2005 general election and became the Liberal Democrats’ Home Affairs spokesperson in 2006. Clegg defeated Chris Huhne in the party’s 2007 leadership election. As well as his parliamentary roles, Clegg has contributed to many pamphlets and books on political issues.
Clegg was educated at Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire and Westminster School in London, followed by Robinson College at the University of Cambridge, where he studied Social Anthropology; he later studied at the University of Minnesota and the College of Europe. He is married to Miriam González Durántez, and they have three children.