The former Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard has strongly refuted new claims from two female activists that he inappropriately touched and propositioned them when he was party chief executive.
In a statement issued to Channel 4 News, he said:
I absolutely deny any suggestion of improper touching, nor did I invite a woman to join me in my room.
I note that these alleged instances supposedly took place in public bars with other people present.
I am disappointed and angry that anonymous accusations from several years ago are once again being made public in this manner in a clear attempt to damage my reputation.
Let me reiterate that in 27 years working for the Liberal Democrat Party, not a single personal complaint was ever made against me to my knowledge.
It was revealed today that Lord Rennard said he stepped aside from the Lib Dem group in the House of Lords and has quit his position on the party's Federal Policy Committee, which helps prepare the election manifesto.
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