Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Lib Dem leader's intriguing family history


The Lib Dems may have chosen another boringly slick identikit politician in Nick Clegg as leader but at least he had some glamorous relations. Take his great, great aunt Moura Budberg, for instance. Known as the Russian Mata Hari, Budberg was suspected of having spied for both the Soviet Union and British intelligence. Rather appropriately, she had a "distinctly liberal attitude to sex" and was variously mistress to Maxim Gorky, H G Wells and "the man who nearly toppled the Bolshevik government", Robert Bruce Lockhart. She sounds like a colourful character.

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