An independent inquiry into how the Liberal Democrats dealt with allegations of harassment within the party has concluded that complaints were not investigated in a "timely and professional" manner.
My review has revealed a number of people within the Party failing to properly investigate complaints in a timely and professional manner.
However, the reasons for this have been varied and I found little evidence to suggest a conscious attempt to ‘cover up’ problems.
Instead, there has been a tendency for the Party to try to ‘handle’ complaints rather than to fully and properly investigate them in a timely, professional manner.
Individuals appear to have been generally acting in good faith but without realising the importance of adhering to process or being aware of the processes in place.
While this may appear a benign mistake, it has caused problems to fester unresolved, to the detriment of all involved.