Lib Dems investigating 'serious allegations'

The Lib Dems have released the following statement in response to a Channel 4 News investigation alleging that the party's former chief executive Lord Rennard made inappropriate advances to female members of staff and that their complaints were not acted upon:

In view of the serious allegations put to us by Channel 4 and the concerns raised about how such issues have been handled in the past, Nick Clegg has asked Tim Farron, the party President, to establish an immediate review into all our procedures for dealing with these issues, including a thorough examination of how allegations made in the past have been handled.

This review group had its first meeting on Thursday 21st February.

An internal investigation into the specific allegations raised by Channel 4 has begun under the Party’s disciplinary procedures.

There are a number of questions that have been raised and our reviews will ensure we properly address all of them.

We will not tolerate harassment in our party and we urge anyone to contact the Chief Executive or use our confidential whistle-blower procedure if they have issues they wish to raise as a result of Channel 4’s report.

In a statement from his solicitors, Lord Rennard denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of any allegations having been made against him.

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Clegg 'aware' of peer concerns

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he had been aware of "indirect and non-specific concerns" in 2008 about alleged inappropriate behaviour towards women by Liberal Democrats' former chief executive Lord Rennard.