Miriam González Durántez

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Miriam González Durántez
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Personal details
Born (1968-05-31) 31 May 1968 (age 50)
Olmedo, Valladolid, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Spouse(s)Nick Clegg (m. 2000–present)
ChildrenAntonio, Alberto and Miguel
Alma materUniversity of Valladolid
OccupationLawyer and lobbyist

Miriam González Durántez, Lady Clegg[1][2][3] (born 31 May 1968) is a Spanish lawyer and partner in the international legal practice of Dechert.

She is the wife of Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-15).

Early life[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Career[edit]

Having previously worked as an advisor on trade law, economic relations and the Middle East to both the European Union and the British Government, González Durántez is a partner at Dechert, where she is co-chair of the firm’s International Trade and Government Regulation practice.[6] Prior to that, she worked at DLA Piper for six years.[7]

González Durántez is considered an expert on European Union law and co-authored the book Regulatory Aspects of the WTO Telecoms Agreements.[8]

Since October 2013 González Durántez has been the honorary president of Canning House in London, the home of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council.[9]

González Durántez was also on the Board of Directors of Acciona, S.A. between June 2010 and July 2014.

González published her first cookbook, Made In Spain: Recipes and stories from my country and beyond in 2016.[10]

González is the chair of British charity Inspiring-Girls.[11]

Personal life[edit]

González Durántez dated the British politician Nick Clegg for several years in Brussels before they got married in 2000. The couple have three sons. She insisted on giving their children Spanish names if they were to have the family name "Clegg". She is a practising Roman Catholic, and the couple agreed that their children will be raised as such, though her husband is agnostic.[12][13][14] 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 at UK general elections.[15]

González Durántez attends the Je suis Charlie rally in Trafalgar Square, January 2015

González Durántez spoke of her relationship with the United Kingdom in a 2014 interview stating that after living in the country she:

"felt a freedom that I had never felt before in my life, a freedom to be myself. I come from a culture, in Spain, in Brussels, where, if you want to be a lawyer, you study law, if you want to be an economist, you study economy. Whatever you do early in your life determines what you do later on. When I came here, I went for lots of chats with people because I didn't know what to do. And pretty much all of them said, 'What do you want to do?' And I was like, 'Me? You want to know what I think? I have a choice?' Now I take it for granted, but it was a complete shock to my system. I still think it today: if I wanted to change my job, everyone would say, 'Great, good for you.'"[16]

2010 UK general election campaign[edit]

When Sarah Brown and Samantha Cameron became increasingly involved in the media and 2010 UK general election campaigns, the spotlight turned to González Durántez. She publicly said that she would be "willing to help" with the campaign but, unlike Mrs Cameron; she would be unable to take time off from work and her family life to take part.[17] Asked by a Spanish newspaper whether she would quit her job, González Durántez said that "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."[18]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Made In Spain: Recipes and stories from my country and beyond (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016) ISBN 9781473639003

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kite, Melissa (2010-03-20). "I'm not as fortunate as Samantha Cameron, says Miriam Clegg". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  2. ^ Joe Murphy, Political Editor (2013-10-08). "Miriam Clegg: It is silly to say women who care about fashion are stupid - Politics - News - London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  3. ^ "Miliband: Wife Won't Introduce Me On Stage". News.sky.com. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  4. ^ González Caviedes, José Antonio Archived 2010-04-18 at the Wayback Machine. SENADORES (HISTORIA)
  5. ^ "'I'd give Nick 8/10 for Spanish', says Lib Dem leader's wife" Times Online, 16 September 2008
  6. ^ "Miriam Gonzalez". Dechert website. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Legal firm that employs Nick Clegg's wife advised Gaddafi regime" Archived 2011-02-25 at the Wayback Machine., Tom Harper. London Evening Standard. February 22, 2011. Accessed February 27, 2011
  8. ^ Our People - Miriam Gonzalez Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine. DLA Piper
  9. ^ "Staff and trustees - Canning House".
  10. ^ "Exclusive food special: Made in Spain". Daily Mail. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  11. ^ www.xavigort.com. "Who we are". www.inspiring-girls.com. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  12. ^ Abigail Frymann Rouch; James Macintyre (24 April 2014). "Nick Clegg says he is agnostic 'at the moment'". The Tablet. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  13. ^ The Nick Clegg story BBC News, 19 December 2007
  14. ^ Nick Clegg may send sons to private school Times Online, 14 September 2008
  15. ^ Wightwick, Abbie (16 April 2015). "She may not be able to vote in next month's election but the deputy Prime Minister's wife is a powerful political asset". WalesOnline. Media Wales. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Miriam González Durántez: 'I'm like a tigress when it comes to my children' | Politics". The Guardian. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  17. ^ Nick Clegg's wife rules out prominent election role Mail Online, 21 March 2010
  18. ^ "Nick Clegg's wife Miriam: I'd quit job if he won". 18 April 2010.