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Clegg's lobbying involvement with Putin, Libya and RBS Bank
Date 02/04/2014 18:18  Author webmaster  Hits 3275  Language Global

Is Nick Clegg really the Mr Clean of politics?

The excitement generated by the televised Europe debates between UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP and Deputy PM Nick Clegg MP has resulted in a large number of articles in the press about both men.

For example, an article by Mary Ellen Synon on Breitbart about Nick Clegg mentioned that Mr Clegg "was once a partner in the Brussels lobbying firm which counsels Russian president Vladimir Putin."

Ms Synon also mentions that the company has worked for the Russian state-controlled energy giant Gazprom and that "omitted from his official biography is mention of his career in the early 1990s as a lobbyist with GJW Government Relations, whose subsidiary GJW International worked a multi-million pound public relations account on behalf of Libya under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

The account included advising Gaddafi on his position on the Lockerbie bombing."

It seems that Mr Clegg has worked for at least two lobbying firms, GJW & GPlus. At GPlus he was a partner and advised clients such as RBS bank which at the time was fighting against financial regulation measures.

Ironically, Mr Clegg was given the job of cleaning up the Lobbying industry in Britain, a role which he passed to a junior minister.

Ostensibly, he did this because of a potential conflict of interest (his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez has worked for firms which do lobbying work).

A spokesman for Mr Clegg said at the time: "The Deputy Prime Minister felt it was important there should not be any possibility of the perception of any conflict of interest with the work of his wife and recused himself from leading on the issue."

It is possible that Mr Clegg opted out of the role because of his own strong links to the lobbying industry?

Given that Nick Clegg received almost £20,000 in donations from three lobbyists into his private bank account, perhaps the British people should scrutinise Mr Clegg more closely.

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