The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats says the party in Wales has tightened up its rules in the wake of the Lord Rennard row. She said the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called her on Monday evening to update her on the situation and the latest investigation into allegations against the peer.
Kirsty Williams said that in a federal party, the English Lib Dems had the right to suspend and investigate Lord Rennard. But she said the party's democratic structures, which she considers a strength because they give members a significant level of say, had also proven to be a weakness.
She said she's not responsible for the structures of the English party but has moved to introduce changes to the way the Welsh party is set up since the allegations first came to light.
The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats has been speaking about allegations concerning the former Chief Executive of the UK Lib Dems, Lord Rennard. Kirsty Williams says she's 'satisfied' that the investigations set up by the party are the 'best way to establish exactly what happened.'
She says that in 2008 she received an email which has been referred to in recent reports asking if any concerns had been raised about Lord Rennard's behaviour. She says 'I had no issues to report and nobody had discussed his behaviour with me' but she says she too wants answers.
Two of the women who've made allegations have connections to the Welsh party. Kirsty Williams says the Welsh Lib Dems will ensure that their procedures are up to scratch although she's confident they are.