Nick Clegg’s Spanish wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez hits out after being called ‘Mrs Clegg’

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez criticised the letter for not using her own name, which she said was ‘ironic’ as it was an invitation to an International Women’s Day event

LAST UPDATED: 1 Mar, 2017 @ 16:22
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NICK Clegg’s Spanish wife has let rip over a letter addressing her as ‘Mrs Clegg’.

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez criticised the letter for not using her own name, which she said was ‘ironic’ as it was an invitation to an International Women’s Day event.

The 50-year-old lawyer from Valladolid is married to Britain’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat politician Nick Clegg.

She is an active campaigner for women’s rights, and set up the Inspiring Women group, which recruits women with successful careers to speak to girls at state schools in the UK.

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  1. Quite right and very sensibly in my opinion, Spanish women don’t change their names when they get married and her surname is not Clegg. More and more women in the UK keep their birth surnames for life now too. I like the Spanish system whereby children have both parents’ first surname.

  2. Quite right and very sensibly in my opinion, Spanish women don’t change their names when they get married and her surname is not Clegg. More and more women in the UK keep their birth surname for life now too. I like the Spanish system whereby children have both parents’ first surname.

  3. Wonder what the prime surnames shown on the birth certificate and what name would be used on legal matters. Would it be Clegg or Durantez. I believe Italian women also carry their maiden name in a marriage but followed by the males surname.

  4. While different names for the man and the woman in a marriage may be ‘political correct’, it is not always practical. How will a sender of a letter know the maiden name of the recipient, if the sender has only the male surname of the couple available? The only advantage of this arrangement will be, that the tax authorities do not recognize that the couple’s untaxed money goes into an account with a different surname.
    Compound names are also impractical. If Mrs. Clegg-Durantez happens to marry Mr. Gonzalez-Constantinescu, how will their child be called?
    May I assume that the popularity of louts like Donald Trump is based on this kind of gender political correctness?

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