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Will Nick Clegg Send His Kids To Private School?

Thursday 24th January 2013

Nick Clegg has refused to confirm whether he is considering sending his children to private school.

The Deputy Prime Minister's eldest son is due to start his secondary school in September and he admitted that he and his wife are currently looking at their options.

But speaking on his weekly LBC 97.3 phone-in show Call Clegg, Mr Clegg insisted he wants to pick the school that is in his son's best interests, but would not be drawn on whether that included private education.

He told Nick Ferrari: "My two eldest boys are at a Catholic state school. My wife is Catholic and they have been brought up in her place.

"We're looking, like all parents are, at all options. I don't want to use my children's education - or my children - as a political football.

"My own view is that if we can and if it works out that we can send him to a good state school, we will do so. Like all parents who are sending their children to secondary school in London, there is a huge competition for places.

"I want my child to have the best possible education. I would never ever begrudge any parent whether they send their children to a private or state school to do the best for their children.

"I have never - and will never - impose a decision on my wife or my son for political reasons. I want the best for him."