Nobody thinks Nick is the kind of guy who would defend a 'boy's club', but that does not necessarily mean he has handled the issue well.
One of the women who made allegations against Lord Rennard told ITV News that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg shifted his position on the matter.
Questions for the Lib Dems mount, centred on what senior members knew about allegations surrounding former chief exec Lord Rennard and when.
A former special adviser to Nick Clegg has accused the police of failing women who had spoken out over sexual harassment.
Speaking after harassment claims against Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard were dismissed, Bridget Harris told the Daily Telegraph:
This indicates a weakness in the law protecting potential victims of sexual harassment.
Sadly, we face a situation where women are afraid to speak out - precisely because institutions fail them, powerful people avoid responsibility, and they are told directly it would harm their career.
I will fully corporate with the party’s internal disciplinary procedure investigating the allegations, something I have always made clear to anybody in the party that has ever approached me about this matter.
A statement from Lord Rennard said:
– Lord Rennard
I am not surprised by the police decision that after a full investigation into the complaints made against me I will face no charges.
The last eight months have been harrowing and deeply unpleasant for me, my wife Ann, my family and friends.
I am enormously thankful for the unfailing support I have received from people across the political spectrum but especially those within the Liberal Democrats who have stood by me throughout.
My life’s work has been to support good people and good causes. I hope now to be able to continue doing that.
Lord Rennard says he is not surprised that he won't face charges.
He says the last eight months have been harrowing and unpleasant for him, his family and friends.
Scotland Yard did not name Lord Rennard but said that there was insufficient evidence to support a prosecution against a 52-year-old man.
Following reports in the media in February, officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Command launched an investigation into allegations of sexual touching.
Various inquiries were conducted - including meeting with officials from the Liberal Democrat Party - and a number of individuals were spoken to as part of the investigation.
Those inquiries have now concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support a prosecution; a decision which has been made by police.
– Metropolitan Police statement
There was early investigative consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), but in accordance with the DPP's guidance on charging, the police did not refer the case for full CPS advice to decide the outcome.
As part of the investigation a 52-year-old man voluntarily attended a south London police station by appointment on 16 June and was interviewed under caution.
It was agreed from the outset that any internal misconduct matters would be referred back to the Liberal Democrat Party for their consideration.
The Liberal Democrats will continue with an internal inquiry into harassment allegations against former chief executive Lord Rennard, a party spokesperson said.
A statement said: "The decision by the police not to prosecute Lord Rennard with a criminal offence means that the party’s disciplinary process, led by Alistair Webster QC, can now resume.
"We consider the allegations made against Lord Rennard, which he strenuously denies, to be extremely serious and we can now continue with our internal inquiry into these allegations.
"We would encourage anyone who has information that could be relevant to the inquiry to get in touch through our whistle-blower hotline, run by Public Concern at Work, on 020 7404 6609."
Former Liberal Democrat Chief Executive Lord Rennard will face no further action over harassment allegations due to insufficient evidence, Scotland Yard said.
Scotland Yard expected to say no further action on allegations against Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard.
The senior Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard's solicitors said in a statement:
We can confirm that Lord Rennard agreed to meet with the police and that he welcomed his first opportunity to refute the basis of allegations made against him.
We do not intend to make any further statement until the conclusion of the police inquiry.
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard has been interviewed by the Metropolitan Police under caution after he voluntarily attended a south London police station by appointment today.
– Lib Dem spokesman
The police are continuing their ongoing investigation into allegations made against Chris Rennard.
The party continues to liaise with the Met, and has been since the allegations were first raised by Channel 4 in February.
The party encourages anyone with information they feel may assist the police with their inquiries to contact them.