The Liberal Democrats have expressed "regret" over the handling of strongly-denied allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women by a senior party figure.
Chief executive Tim Gordon said it appeared the party "did not fully live up to our political ideals" in dealing with complaints about predecessor Lord Rennard.
Posting on the Lib Dem Voice website this evening, Mr Gordon said many members would have seen media reports about the allegations and suggestions that the party failed to deal with them adequately.
It appears that we did not fully live up to our political ideals, and I regret that.
I want to assure you that the Party, and I as Chief Executive, are taking these questions very seriously - both as regards the specific allegations that were made, but also about the Party's procedures for handling complaints of this sort.
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