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Clegg's Chevening guests revealed

Broadcaster Clare Balding and her partner Alice Arnold were among dozens of names from the worlds of politics, the media and business who were guests of Nick Clegg at his official country residence.

The first release of information about visitors to Chevening also showed entrepreneur and former Dragons' Den star James Caan - who has worked alongside Mr Clegg on social mobility initiatives - was a guest with his wife Aisha.

Meanwhile Prime Minister David Cameron entertained guests including Sir Peter Bazalgette, chairman of the Arts Council England and former boss of Big Brother produced Endemol.

Balding, who shot to new heights of fame for her coverage of the London Olympics and Paralympics, was among the names on the list released by Mr Clegg's office of visitors to the Kent country house between June 2011 and June 2013.

Other guests included former transport secretary Lord Adonis - who was part of the Labour negotiating team attempted to stitch together a coalition with Mr Clegg's Liberal Democrats in the days following the 2010 election.

A spokesman for Mr Clegg said: "The Deputy Prime Minister is granted use of Chevening as part of his role.The guests listed here attended functions on issues related to Government policy.

"The guests who attended functions at Chevening come from a wide range of backgrounds, such as politics, business and the media and they help inform the Deputy Prime Minister's thinking about a large range of issues."

Labour MP Ian Austin said: "While ordinary families suffer a cost-of-living crisis, David Cameron is quite happy to blow taxpayers' cash on junkets to Chequers for him and his Liberal Democrat chums.

"It also appears Cameron is trying to hide the identity of Tory donors. So much for his claims of transparency."


From Belfast Telegraph