Clegg 'knew about Lord Rennard's apology weeks ago'

Nick Clegg saw Lord Rennard's apology to four women who accused him of harassment weeks ago, a friend of the peer claimed. Lord Carlile said it was not released as the ex-Lib Dem chief executive did not want to damage the party before the elections.

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Lib Dems: Appeals ongoing amid Rennard apology

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed appeals from both sides are ongoing following the investigation into the harassment claims against Lord Rennard.

A statement issued in response to reports of the peer's written apology said:

An appeal has been submitted by three of the original complainants against the outcome of Alistair Webster's investigation.

Separately, an appeal has been submitted by Lord Rennard against the disciplinary process for bringing the party into disrepute by his failure to apologise, and his conduct after the publication of Webster's conclusions.

Both appeals will be considered by the English Appeals Panel in accordance with the rules of the party. We cannot comment further on any aspect of that process while it is ongoing.

– Liberal Democrat spokesperson

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