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."

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'Five women' in Rennard probe

ITV News understands that police are likely to be speaking to around five women in total over claims of sexual impropriety made against former Lib Den Chief Executive Lord Rennard.