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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 tries to get injunction on Lib Dem inquiry

It is claimed Lord Rennard has "moved "heaven and earth" to resolve the issue Credit: PA Wire

Lord Rennard is challenging Nick Clegg's attempt to have his conduct investigated in a second internal party inquiry.

ITV News understands the Liberal Democrat peer has hired a senior QC to try to get an injunction to stop the inquiry which was announced yesterday.

It is due to look into claims that he brought the party into disrepute by failing to apologise to women who complained about his behaviour.

Sources close to Lord Rennard said he had moved "heaven and earth" to try to get the matter resolved.

"Legal moves are expected within days," a spokesman said.

"We feel this second inquiry is a re-run of the first.

He is facing trial for the same charge - even though we have had two inquiries, one by the police, another by the Liberal Democrats and both concluded no further action should be taken."

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