Clegg: 'Critical allegations are investigated thoroughly'

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said the allegations made on Channel 4 News last Thursday had been "extremely serious and distressing to the women involved".

He said: "It is critical they are investigated thoroughly and dealt with properly and they will be.

"But I would like to make one thing crystal clear. I did not know about these allegations until Channel 4 informed the party of them shortly before they were broadcast."