Congratulations to Nick and Miriam

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2009

Warmest congratulations and good wishes to Nick Clegg and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez on the birth of their third child, Miguel. Here’s the BBC report:

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s wife Mirian [sic] has given birth to a son Miguel – their third child. The younger brother for Antonio, seven, and Alberto, four, was born at Kingston Hospital on Sunday. Mother and son are both said to be doing well. …

[Mr Clegg] has said he will take paternity leave, with his deputy Vince Cable to fill in at prime minister’s questions. Mr Clegg’s wife – Miriam Gonzalez Durantez – is a former Middle East expert at the foreign office, whose father was a conservative senator in the Spanish parliament. … When Antonio was born Mr Clegg took a long period of paternity leave so that she could return to work first.

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One of the few things that I agree with Clegg on is the utter disgrace of only giving new dads two weeks off work when their children are born. I feel sorry for him, as with every new dad in the country, for having to put up with this outrageous discrimination in parental leave.

by Letters From A Tory on February 23, 2009 at 9:49 am. Reply #

Hmm… Antonio, Alberto and Miguel… I can see who wears the trousers in this relationship 😛

by sanbikinoraion on February 23, 2009 at 10:14 am. Reply #

by Tabman on February 23, 2009 at 10:45 am. Reply #


by Ryan Cullen on February 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm. Reply #

Nick is right to highlight the issue of paternity leave. It should be up to parents, not the state, to decide how to share parental leave. The upshot of the inflexible system we currently have is direct discrimination against fathers and indirect discrimination against women of childbearing age.

Congratulations and good luck with the sleepless nights!

by Dinti on February 23, 2009 at 2:03 pm. Reply #

How rotten of the Sun to use the happy news as an excuse just to be nasty to poor Nick again:

“NICK CLEGG has called his new son Miguel, which fits in nicely with the nickname given to the Lib Dem leader by some of his MPs.

They call him Manuel, after the Barcelona waiter in Fawlty Towers, whose favourite response was: “I know nothing.””

by Anonymous on March 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm. Reply #

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