Clegg scored points attacking Kraft – as his wife earned
MPs from across the political spectrum criticised American giant Kraft when it reneged on a promise to keep open a Keynsham factory earmarked for closure.
During its £11 billion takeover of iconic British chocolate-maker Cadbury, Kraft had said it would overturn the decision to close the Somerdale plant at Keynsham, near Bath.
When it went back on this promise MPs were scathing in their criticism, including Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.
But what Mr Clegg didn’t say in January 2010 – and what has only just emerged – is that three weeks earlier his lawyer wife had been engaged by Kraft to give it advice.
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Mr Clegg described the takeover and particularly the sacking of British workers as ‘just plain wrong’.
There is no suggestion Mrs Clegg, who uses her maiden name Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, did anything wrong, but the association is likely to embarrass her husband, the Deputy Prime Minister.
Mrs Clegg is reported to earn almost £600,000 a year as a partner in a City firm which offers legal and lobbying services, far more than the £134,565 her husband earns.
Mrs Clegg was a leading member of the team at law firm DLA Piper awarded a contract to work for Kraft in January 2010 to handle “day-to-day legal needs”.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s Office said Law Society rules barred the couple from discussing Mrs Clegg’s work.
Jonathan Oates, Mr Clegg’s chief of staff, told the Sunday Telegraph: “Miriam Gonzalez Durantez does not lobby ministers. She does not discuss her clients with her husband or any Government minister.”