Party defends Miriam Clegg over Kraft affair
Liberal Democrat officials insisted last night that Nick Clegg's wife did not breach any conflict of interest after it emerged that she gave paid advice to food giant Kraft just weeks before her husband condemned the firm for sacking British workers.
DLA Piper, the law firm that Miriam Gonzalez Durantez worked for until early last year, was hired by Kraft just three weeks before her husband called its takeover of Cadbury "just plain wrong".
According to reports in The Sunday Telegraph, Mrs Clegg led the team that was awarded the contract to handle the firm's "day-to-day legal needs".
Kraft's takeover of Cadbury in 2010 came under scrutiny after it emerged that RBS would lend part of the money for the takeover. Mr Clegg told the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown: "When taxpayers bailed out the banks, they would never have believed that their money would now be used to put British people out of work."
Last night a spokesman for Nick Clegg said: "Miriam Gonzalez Durantez does not lobby ministers. Her only engagement is at official government events or party or social events. She does not discuss her clients with her husband or any other government minister."
Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, added: "We have clear procedures in place to protect [Mrs Clegg] and the DPM from any conflicts of interest on any perception of undue influence and I am fully satisfied that these are rigorously complied with."
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
Review: Mike Leigh's biopic is a rambling, rich character study
Want to ward off (or welcome) trick-or-treaters? Here's how
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
Halloween 2014: From the Screaming Man of Pluckley to the 'White Lady' of the Tower of London - Britain's 20 most haunted places
Russian politician says Apple CEO Tim Cook should be 'banned' from country after coming out as gay
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
£50 - £60 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: Randstad Education are looki...
£50 - £60 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: The establishments that we w...
£100 - £150 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: Key Stage 1 Teacher - Nott...
£130 - £161 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: SEND Teacher required to t...