Nick Clegg insists he won't back down in Lord Rennard row

Nick Clegg has insisted he will not back down on his demands for Lord Rennard to apologise to women who made allegations about his behaviour. The party's former chief executive has launched legal action to block a second internal inquiry.

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Lord Rennard supporter apologises for 'crass' comments

One of Lord Rennard's most vocal supporters has apologised for what he admitted were "crass" comments made during a radio interview this weekend.

Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour on Sunday, "This isn't Jimmy Savile, it is touching someone's leg six years ago, at a meeting, through clothing. This is the equivalent of, a few years ago, an Italian man pinching a woman's bottom."

Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies has apologised for the comments he made over the weekend. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mr Davies later said in a statement: "My remarks about Italians pinching a woman's bottom were crass and I apologise.

"They were spur-of-the-moment words made during an as-live interview as I tried to explain that the accusations against Chris Rennard needed to be put into proportion."

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