Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Clegg gets Santa makeover on card

Nick Clegg's children have helped in the design of his Christmas card this year.
Nick Clegg's children have helped in the design of his Christmas card this year.

Nick Clegg's children have created a festive doodle for the Deputy Prime Minister's Christmas card - giving the Liberal Democrat leader a Santa hat and beard.

Mr Clegg's wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez was given reindeer antlers and Rudolph's red nose in the image, created by the three boys using an iPad to draw over a photograph of the couple on the sofa in their west London home.

The boys Antonio, 11, Alberto, nine and Miguel, four added a speech bubble showing their parents saying "Happy Christmas" and a decorated tree to complete the festive image.

The photo of a smiling Mr Clegg and his wife was taken by James Gourley, a recent photography graduate who was granted exclusive access to the family as part of a long-term project over the past year.

The use of an iPad marks a technological advance from 2011, when the two older boys created a colourful crayon drawing for the Deputy Prime Minister's card.

Labour leader Ed Miliband's card features a photo of him surrounded by his family on a trip to the beach.

The family portrait, taken by the Press Association's chief political photographer Stefan Rousseau, shows a smiling Mr Miliband and wife Justine with their sons Daniel and Samuel.

It was taken during a walk along Brighton beach at the start of the Labour Party conference earlier this year as the family headed out to a play park before the heavy political agenda got under way.

Prime Minister David Cameron's Christmas card is a black and white shot of him and wife Samantha with daughter Florence.

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