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Clegg admits " mistakes" over Rennard

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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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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.

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BREAKING: @sun_politics YouGov poll: only 11% of voters think Clegg "open and honest" over Lord Rennard scandal, 52% say not open and honest

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@sun_politics YouGov poll: just 2% of voters say they view Lib Dems "more positively" after Lord Rennard row - 28% say more negative

Yesterday Liberal Democrat officials met with police to "ascertain if any criminal activity has taken place". Lord Rennard refutes the allegations of impropriety.

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