Lib Dems deny Nick Clegg knew of Lord Rennard claims

The Liberal Democrats have denied claims that Nick Clegg knew of allegations of misconduct against the party's former chief executive, Lord Rennard.

On Thursday, Channel 4 News reported that two women had claimed Lord Rennard touched them inappropriately.

The then Lib Dem chief executive Lord Rennard pictured outside his party headquarters in 2006
Lord Rennard has denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of any allegations having been made against him. Credit: Cathal McNaughton/PA Archive

Read Lord Rennard's statement

Reports in some of today's newspapers suggest the Deputy Prime Minister was made aware of claims of inappropriate behaviour towards women, four years ago.

Nick Clegg
The Lib Dems have launched an internal investigation into the "specific allegations" against Lord Rennard Credit: Press Assocation

A Lib Dem spokesman said: "Nick Clegg only knew of these allegations when we were contacted by Channel 4 News".

Read more: Lib Dems investigating 'serious allegations'

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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.