1:17 pm, Wed 27 Feb 2013 Clegg defends handling of harassment case
Clegg admits " mistakes" over Rennard
Nick Clegg MP
Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Nick Clegg conceded today that his party made "very serious mistakes" in failing to deal properly with complaints of sexual harassment against its then chief executive Lord Rennard.
The Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister continued to insist that he was personally unaware of any specific allegations by women in the party until they were broadcast by Channel 4 last week.
But he suggested that the issue was "in the background" when the peer - who strenuously denies the alleged inappropriate behaviour - retired from his senior role on grounds of ill-health.
"There were some very serious mistakes and the women were not listened to and were let down," Mr Clegg said as he was grilled on the controversy during his weekly phone-in on LBC 97.3 radio.
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Clegg: Rennard claims 'in background' when he quit
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has told
LBC 97.3 the Lord Rennard allegations were "in the background" when he left the post of party chief executive. He added the immediate reason was his poor health:
8:30 am, Wed 27 Feb 2013 National
11% of voters think Clegg has been open over Rennard
The Sun is reporting that a YouGov poll has found only 11 percent of voters think Nick Clegg has been "open and honest" over the Lord Rennard allegations.
Yesterday Liberal Democrat officials met with police to "ascertain if any criminal activity has taken place". Lord Rennard refutes the allegations of impropriety.
3:33 pm, Tue 26 Feb 2013 Clegg defends handling of harassment case
Nick Clegg accused of covering up harassment claims
There is mounting pressure on liberal democrat leader Nick Clegg today after his party plunged further into crisis following allegations of sexual harassment.
In what's being called the biggest test of his career, he's being accused of covering up claims that Lord Rennard inappropriately touched women.