Clegg's Ex-Lobbyist Links to Putin 'a Matter of Public Record' says Lib Dem Spokesman
Nick Clegg was once a partner in the Brussels lobbying firm which counsels Russian president Vladimir Putin "in major international news stories." The firm, GPlus Europe, also acts in Brussels for Gazprom, the Russian state-controlled energy giant which has threatened to stop gas shipments to Ukraine.
Clegg’s former partners, who have offices in a prestige address around the corner from the European Commission, the European Council, and across the road from the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representation to the EU, boast they can "shape the debate on issues" in the EU institutions. They assure clients such as Putin’s Russia that their lobbyists can "plan actions to achieve your goals."
However, Clegg’s time as a partner in GPlus Europe is omitted from his biography on his own website and from his official website as Britain's Deputy Prime Minister, even though a Liberal Democrat spokesperson told Breitbart London that it was "a matter of public record".
Also omitted from his official biography is mention of his career in the early 1990s as a lobbyist with GJW Government Relations, whose subsidiary GJW International worked a multi-million pound public relations account on behalf of Libya under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.
The account included advising Gaddafi on his position on the Lockerbie bombing.
In 2011, Clegg’s wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez was involved in a controversy when it was disclosed that a team of lobbyists with her legal firm DLA Piper gave advice to the Gaddafi regime in negotiations with the EU for tens of millions of pounds in concessions for halting the migration of thousands of Africans from Libya to Europe.
DLA Piper later said that Gonzalez Durantez did not act for the government of Libya. Nevertheless, at the time an unnamed "senior Liberal Democrat MP" was quoted in the Evening Standard saying: "People in the party will be privately very unhappy about this."
Following last Wednesday’s debate between Nick Clegg and the UKIP leader Nigel Farage, the LibDem leader said he was "astounded" that Farage had "sided with Putin" over Ukraine. The UKIP leader had said the EU "has blood on its hands" because it had pursued an "imperialist expansionist" policy in the east. Clegg described the comments as "utterly grotesque".
Yet Clegg’s former partners at GPlus Europe lobbied on behalf of the Russian government when Georgia was in armed conflict in 2008 against Russian and separatist forces in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
GPlus has acted for Russia since April 2006 and for Gazprom since May 2007. Clegg left GPlus in 2005.
A spokesman for Nick Clegg told Breitbart London: “As has been reported many, many times, Nick Clegg has never made any secret of the fact he worked right at the bottom of the food chain for GJW when he was fresh out of university and of the fact he worked part-time for GPlus for less than a year after standing down as an MEP. This has long been a matter of public record.”