Lord Rennard's Liberal Democrat suspension is lifted

The suspension of Lord Rennard's membership of the Liberal Democrats has been lifted, after disciplinary proceedings against him were dropped.

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Clegg: It's clear women felt let down by the Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has admitted that women in the party felt "let down" by the way officials handled complaints against Lord Rennard.

In a statement, he said changes had now been made.

Nick Clegg has said women in the party felt "let down" by the way their complaints were handled Credit: PA

The Liberal Democrats have taken a long, hard look in the mirror since these allegations were made last year and I am confident that the party has changed.

It is clear that a number of women in our party felt let down that the party failed to act on their complaints appropriately. I am determined that no member of our party should find themselves in that position again.

That’s why I immediately appointed Helena Morrissey to carry out a root and branch review of our culture and processes and made sure we acted on her recommendations.

In addition, at my request the Party President and the Federal Executive established a review into our procedures for handling cases such as this to ensure that the party's rules are fit for purpose in the future.

This review has now been completed by a senior barrister who has recommended that we make changes to the current criminal burden of proof and these changes will now be taken forward.

– Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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