Lib Dem first lady Miriam Gonzalez Durantez lands job at US firm

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, is to join a US law firm as head of EU trade and government affairs practice. The move may raise a possible conflict of interest because her husband is regularly briefed on EU trading policy.

Ms Gonzalez Durantez is considered to be one of the leading experts in EU law. The daughter of a Spanish senator, it was while working for the European Commission that she met Mr Clegg, before joining law firm DLA Piper in 2006.