Met Police investigates sex claims against Lib Dem peer

Lord Rennard, pictured outside the Liberal Democrat's party headquarters in 2006. Credit: Cathal McNaughton/PA Archive

The Metropolitan Police have begun a formal inquiry into allegations that Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard sexually harassed party activists.

Scotland Yard said officers have looked into whether there are witnesses who would speak to police and are now investigating if there is corroborating evidence to back up claims against the peer.

Lord Rennard is accused of behaving inappropriately towards a number of women in the party, but has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

The Liberal Democrat Party is also running two internal inquiries into allegations against the peer.