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Nick Clegg Reaffirms Support of Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter

Nick Clegg was trending on Twitter on the 8th after he had tweeted a Facebook message supporting Mark Zuckerberg’s move at Facebook to ban / suspend Donald Trump on Facebook.

More directly, Nick Clegg reaffirmed the Facebook boss and said:

After yesterday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol, we’ve determined that the risks of allowing President Trump to continue using our service are simply too great.

Nick Clegg

The move to block the President on social media was after the violence that occurred in the U.S Capitol where 5 people died and more were seriously injured on January, 6th 2021.

Social media giants like Facebook have been announcing bans on Mr. Trump’s social media profiles – with Twitter even going as far as removing content on the @POTUS handle.

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What is Nick Clegg’s Salary & Net Worth?

As Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg would have had a salary of about £134,565 annually according to BBC’s Newsbeat — not too shy of the £142,500 that then prime minister David Cameron would have received when they were in coalition together.

He’s since moved on from his political era into the world of the private sector, and is enjoying the monetary benefits that come forthwith.

How much is Nick Clegg making at Facebook as VP?

It’s reported that Nick Clegg is earning about £498,289 annually for his role as ‘Vice President, Global Affairs & Communications’, a steep increase from his old salary as Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

On his move to the US, he also bought a luxury house for his family in late 2018 for £7m:

Nick Clegg’s house in Atherton, near San Francisco, California

He also owns a townhouse in London worth about £2 million:

Nick Clegg’s £2million townhouse in South West London

What is Nick Clegg’s Networth?

It’s no secret that Nick Clegg is clearly well off, and according to the website Celebrity Net Worth, his assumed net worth is about $4m/ £3m million.

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CNBC: Facebook’s Nick Clegg: Calling Facebook’s new rules not ambitious is unfair

Facebook will be deploying new US election-year policies on their platform and will be banning new political ads which declare premature victory polls.

In the video with CNBC, he defends Facebook’s position with the CNBC anchor suggesting that Facebook’s position is ‘piecemeal’ and ‘reactionary’.

Nick references that off the back of coronavirus, they have directed 2 billion users to to authoritative sources, which they will look to mimic in the November US elections.

New Facebook US Election Policies
  • Banning new political ads in a week before election
  • Remove posts claiming voting leads to contracting COVID-19
  • Flag content delegitimizing election outcome
  • Flag premature victory declarations
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Does Facebook Benefit From Hate?

In July, Nick Clegg posted on Facebook’s corporate website that “Facebook does not benefit from hate“. In the article, he starts with the following opener:

When society is divided and tensions run high, those divisions play out on social media. Platforms like Facebook hold up a mirror to society — with more than 3 billion people using Facebook’s apps every month, everything that is good, bad and ugly in our societies will find expression on our platform. That puts a big responsibility on Facebook and other social media companies to decide where to draw the line over what content is acceptable.

Nick Clegg, Vice President, Facebook

It covers off the societal divisions, and how Facebook has 3 billion active users accessing its app every month. This is important as Facebook obviously have a scale issue. With so many people using Facebook, moderating and managing what gets posted, hate or not, they are unable to see and action everything that goes on the platform.

In fact, Andrew Marr highlighted a case where user reports were used to take down a page soliciting physical harm to others. Nick said that they had not taken down the page & post fast enough, so this confirms that they do manual interventions and have a ‘queue’ to address things that have been reported that perhaps Facebook’s internal systems were unable to flag.

Nick Clegg highlighted this in his interview today with Andrew Marr and in the Facebook post:

Unfortunately, zero tolerance doesn’t mean zero incidences. With so much content posted every day, rooting out the hate is like looking for a needle in a haystack. We invest billions of dollars each year in people and technology to keep our platform safe. We have tripled — to more than 35,000 — the people working on safety and security.

We’re a pioneer in artificial intelligence technology to remove hateful content at scale.

Nick Clegg, Vice President, Facebook

So, does Facebook benefit from hate?

Facebook made an eye watering $69bn in revenue from ads in 2019 and made a profit of about $18.4bn in profits.

Nick mentions that Facebook ‘invests billions of dollars each year in people and technology to keep our platform safe’; however, data isn’t available to see what the actual cost of them policing the platform amounts to vs what they make from ads that would fall under the “hate” category.

It’s likely that Facebook do initially benefit (at least monetarily) from “hate ads”, and whether it costs in after Facebook pay for everything to try and combat “hate ads” by employing people and spending a significant amount of time building machine learning algorithms is only something that Facebook would be able to calculate and confirm.

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Nick Clegg on the Andrew Marr Show Today

Today, Nick Clegg was on the Andrew Marr show where he was quizzed by Andrew Marr on Facebook’s role in preventing “fake news” on its platform with an emphasis on the upcoming US elections in November.

You can see how he responded to the question on whether Facebook would require politicians to tell the truth if they were advertising on the platform. He responded with “no” citing that in order for the platform to allow free speech then these ads would need to continue – see the video below below:

Will Facebook fact check ads in the US elections?

Ads from PACs and super PACs would be fact checked, but words from politicians would not be said the Vice President for Facebook, Nick Clegg.

He cited that US broadcasters have the same approach to what Facebook has deployed on its platforms and says that they are “not allowed by law to vet the accuracy of what politicians say”. Marr cites that the fact that Twitter had declared to ban all political ads.

Clegg defends Facebook’s position vs Twitter’s by saying that by banning all political speech on Facebook, you only help the incumbents — and says that opposition would have less of a voice.

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Clegg urges Council to save Rustlings Road trees

Lib Dem MP for Sheffield Hallam Nick Clegg has written to Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for Transport and the Environment, Cllr Terry Fox, to urge him to reconsider plans to fell a series of mature trees on Rustlings Road, alongside Endcliffe Park.

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On Friday 5th June, Nick Clegg and local Lib Dem councillors met with a group of 60 local residents to walk along Rustlings Road and view the trees which are earmarked for felling. Campaigners are due to meet Cllr Fox on Monday to discuss the plans in greater detail. 

Nick’s letter calls for: 

  •  A two month moratorium on the felling of mature trees in Sheffield
  •  A review of the council’s policy on trees, preferably with the involvement of an independent tree specialist
  •  The publication of the council’s road resurfacing contract with Amy

Writing to Cllr Fox about the trees on Rustlings Road, Nick said:

“To me, there seems to be no rational reason as to why these trees should be taken down – these trees help to make Sheffield such a green, welcoming place to live and visit and Sheffield City Council should seek to do everything within its power to preserve them.”

“Crucially, I feel that this is a citywide issue. There are many trees which are reaching maturity in Sheffield, having been planted many years previously, and this is an appropriate time to ask whether more efforts should be made to keep them.”

You can read Nick’s full letter here.

You can sign the petition here

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Fixing Sheffield’s roads thanks to Nick Clegg

After being allowed to crumble for years under Labour, Sheffield’s roads are finally being fixed with £1.2billion from Government thanks to Nick Clegg. 

The ‘streets ahead’ project is repairing every road, pavement and streetlight in the City is transforming Sheffield’s streets. The contractor Amey has started a five-year renovation programme that will cover the whole city. Amey will then work to maintain improvements for the duration of the 25-year contract.

Under the contract Amey has taken responsibility for improving and maintaining 1,900km of road, 68,000 streetlights, 500 traffic signals, 600 bridges and other structures, 2,400 retaining walls and 35,000 highway trees across the city. 

Nick Clegg MP, said:-

“As a local MP Sheffielders tell me all the time how they are fed up with the state of the roads. Therefore I’m immensely proud that Sheffield’s roads are being transformed from some of the worst in the country to the best, thanks to the huge investment from this Coalition Government.

“Sheffield’s roads and pavements have been allowed to deteriorate for years under Labour. It is taking the biggest project of its kind in the country to put it right, but as the project rolls out we will finally have the local road infrastructure Sheffield deserves.”

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Nick Clegg speaks out in defence of Sheffield’s Henderson’s Relish

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, has responded to a London Labour MP who derided Sheffield’s famous Henderson’s Relish, which has been produced locally for more than 100 years, as an example of how successful brands can be copied and exploited.

During a debate on the Intellectual Property Bill the Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge, Jim Dowd, described Henderson’s Relish as an ideal example of product-mimicking [1].

In his open letter to Jim Dowd MP, Nick Clegg MP said: –

“Henderson’s Relish has been made in Sheffield for over 100 years and is a much loved local institution. Its aroma and flavor are unique. It is used by thousands of Sheffielders and, as Henderson’s appeal grows, many more throughout the country and indeed around the globe.

“Apart from being a great product, Henderson’s are also a prime example of a local business that gives back to their community. Last year they donated 5p from the sale of every bottle to a local hospice as part of their ‘Great Pie and Peas Up’ appeal, which I was also delighted to take part in – not just because it involved eating  pie and peas with a sprinkling of Henderson’s Relish. They raised a total of £2,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

“Given the history behind Henderson’s Relish, I hope you can appreciate that Sheffielders are fiercely proud of it. We are confident it would win in any blind taste test, whether at a pub in Blackheath or anywhere else.”

The full letter is here:

Dear Jim Dowd MP,

I am writing to you as a Sheffield MP regarding your comments which cited Sheffield’s Henderson’s Relish as an example of how successful brands can be copied and exploited. I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.

Henderson’s Relish has been made in Sheffield for over 100 years and is a much loved local institution. Its aroma and flavor are unique. It is used by thousands of Sheffielders and, as Henderson’s appeal grows, many more people throughout the country and indeed around the globe.

Apart from being a great product, Hendersons is also a prime example of a local business that gives back to their community. Last year they donated 5p from the sale of every bottle to a local hospice as part of their ‘Great Pie and Peas Up’ appeal, which I was also delighted to take part in – not just because it involved eating  pie and peas with a sprinkling of Henderson’s Relish. They raised a total of £2,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

Given the history behind Henderson’s Relish, I hope you can appreciate that Sheffielders are fiercely proud of it. We are confident it would win in any blind taste test, whether at a pub in Blackheath or anywhere else.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Clegg MP

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Community campaigner is the Lib Dem Fulwood by-election candidate

Today it was announced that community campaigner and local resident Cliff Woodcraft is the Liberal Democrat candidate for an important council by-election in Fulwood Ward.

Cliff and Nick on the doorstep speaking to the local residents of Fulwood.

Cliff, aged 63, lives in Fulwood Ward and has a record of supporting local people. As a member of St Thomas Church he offers technical advice and support to several other churches across Sheffield. Cliff is also a volunteer driver with St Luke’s Lunches, who support elderly people in Lodge Moor.

The by-election is on Thursday May 2nd and is in Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam consistency. It was caused by the sad death of local councillor Janice Sidebottom.

Cliff said:

“I knew Janice very well and I know how hard she worked for us all as part of the local Liberal Democrat team. I want to make sure her hard work continues.

“I’m a local person who has lived in Sheffield with my family since 1969, when I came here to study electrical engineering at Sheffield University. I have raised all three of my children here and I am proud to call this part of Sheffield my home. I would be delighted to represent our area on the Council.”

Nick said:

“Cliff is a credit to his local community and he will make an outstanding local councillor for Fulwood, where he has lived for many years.

“The Lib Dems have a strong record of fighting for Fulwood over the last twenty years. I’m certain that Cliff would ensure this action continues, which is more important than ever when we have a Labour Council wasting millions in the Town Hall at the expense of local services.”

Nick Clegg
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Energy Companies Will Have To Help Consumers Save – Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister will announce that consumers will now be told that they could be on a cheaper tariff by their energy company, saving them up to £100 a year

This is the first time the ‘big six’ energy firms will be required to proactively send information to their customers on how they can switch to a cheaper tariff.

99% of British homes are powered by the ‘big six energy companies:

  • EDF
  • E.ON
  • British Gas
  • Southern
  • Scottish Power
  • npower

From autumn they will be required to write to their customers every year telling them how they can get the best tariff. About 1 million vulnerable customers, such as those on the warm home discount scheme, will be contacted twice per year.

In 2010, 75% of consumers did not switch energy suppliers, and it’s thought increased communication on better deals and ways to save money will increase energy switching numbers. Nick will comment on the fact that more has to be done get rid of the ‘hassle factor’ and friction that exists when switching energy suppliers.

“Customers will have energy-saving measures installed in their homes by trusted suppliers, from high street brands to local traders. However, they will only begin paying for those improvements once they are complete. Payment will be made through their bills over a period of time, and they shouldn’t be out of pocket because their homes will be more energy efficient, allowing them to save on their energy bills each month,”

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister