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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.

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Lord Rennard accuser confirms she has spoken to police

One of Lord Rennard's accusers, Alison Smith, has confirmed she has spoken to the confidential police hotline set up in the wake of the Lord Rennard allegations.

Alison Smith. Credit: ITV News

In a statement, she said: "I can confirm that I have just spoken to the confidential police hotline regarding Lord Rennard.

"The Police are very keen to deal with the matter discreetly, and I agree it is important that other people coming forward should be able to do so without fear of being caught up in the current media storm.

"In addition, it is important that the allegations against Lord Rennard are now dealt with through formal processes. From that point of view, I will be making no further comment on the specific allegations against Lord Rennard, or the process of dealing with the police.

"I would encourage anyone else who wishes to report concerns to call the confidential hotline on 020 8721 4601."

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