Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Clegg a hands-on father, says wife

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

Nick Clegg's wife says her husband "kills himself" to be a hands-on father - but he isn't too handy in the kitchen.

In a rare interview, lawyer Miriam Gonzalez Durantez gives some insight into the domestic life of the Deputy Prime Minister's family..

She told Grazia magazine: "We absolutely think it is right that our children come first. Nick kills himself to be able to do it all."

Ms Gonzalez Durantez, 43, who describes herself as a feminist and campaigns on women's rights with charities such as Oxfam, says: "I have three children (Antonio, nine, Alberto, seven, and Miguel, two), I have a busy career and I have a very busy husband.

"Yet my husband has three children, he has a much busier career than I have, and he has a busy wife. And nobody would ask him how he balances everything.

"For some reason there is a kind of assumption ... that it is my role to balance it."

But while he may do his utmost to be a good father, Ms Gonzalez Durantez says the kitchen is one part of the house where she does not expect to find the Deputy Prime Minister.

Asked about his talents as a cook, she said: "Please. Don't even mention the word."

The couple do try to share other duties, such as the school run.

Ms Gonzalez Durantez, a partner at global law firm DLA Piper, says: "Either one or the other (of us will take them) on different days."

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