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UPDATED Lib Dem scandal: Fresh questions for Clegg over sex scandal whistleblower. Lord Rennard quit after pressure from Nick Clegg.

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Lord Rennard: fresh questions for Nick Clegg over the sex scandal whistleblower Telegraph.co.uk The Lib Dems announced that a new whistle-blowing hotline would be run by an independent organisation, amid complaints that a female peer originally appointed to the role was the wife of one of Mr Clegg’s most senior advisers…

Nick Clegg Knew Of Lord Rennard Concerns Orange UK News Former Lib Dem head of press Mark Littlewood said: “Nick Clegg is definitely going to have to outline and spell out in exact detail what he knew and when and what actions he took.” Labour’s shadow minister for equalities and women, Kate Green, said

Lord Rennard quit after pressure from Nick Clegg, say Liberal Democrats The Guardian The revelation came as Clegg’s office battled to show he had not been deaf to claims of Rennard’s alleged sexual harassment made anonymously by women in the party and alleged to date back to 2004. Rennard has strenuously denied the allegations, but …

David Cameron: Lib Dems must get to the bottom of Lord Rennard claims Telegraph.co.uk In his first comments on the scandal, the Prime Minister said he was “sure” the Lib Dems would fully investigate the claims.“It’s very important they get to the bottom of what’s happened,” Mr Cameron said in an interview with the Daily Express. “I’m sure they will.”

Liberal Democrats slump to fourth behind Ukip in poll Telegraph.co.uk Figures compiled by ComRes for The Independent showed the Coalition partners in fourth place behind the UK Independence Party. The monthly poll was taken at the weekend, amid headlines dominated by the Lib Dems’ former chief executive Lord

Nick Clegg denies cover-up over Lib Dem ‘screw-up’ of Rennard allegations BBC News But his statement on Sunday only seemed to add to the confusion when he admitted that he was aware of “non-specific” allegations that a senior party official had sexually harassed women. Instead of closing down the story Nick Clegg appeared to point to …

LibDems slump to all-time low in new poll Herald Scotland The Liberal Democrats slumped to a new low in a set of polls as it launched a helpline for women affected by the alleged misconduct of the party’s former chief executive Lord Rennard. The Liberal Democrats slumped to a new low in a set of polls as it

Explosive emails show Team Clegg knew about five specific ‘groping’ claims … Daily Mail A Liberal Democrat candidate and close friend of Nick Clegg faced calls for his de-selection last night after saying the scandal engulfing Lord Rennard was ‘sexist’ and ‘blown out of all proportion’. Jasper Gerard, who wrote a biography of Mr Clegg, said the party’s former elections chief was accused of a ‘clumsy pass’ several years ago and critics ‘need to keep some degree of perspective’. One of Lord Rennard’s alleged victims, Oxford University academic Alison Smith, called for Mr Gerard to be dropped as candidate for the Tory-held marginal seat of Maidstone and the Weald.

Second lord accused of texts ‘leering’ The Sun A SECOND Lib Dem peer could be dragged into the party’s sex scandal over claims he sent inappropriate texts to women journalists. The high-profile politician — dubbed the “pervy peer” — is understood to have sent suggestive messages to Westminster reporters. On one occasion he asked a journalist to come to lunch wearing a certain pair of boots. He is also alleged to have sent texts asking women to wear particular blouses or dresses.

Lib Dems to discuss Rennard claims with Met police The Guardian Liberal Democrat officials are to meet Metropolitan police officers to discuss allegations made against the party’s former chief executive Lord Rennard. The party made the move after the Labour MP John Mann wrote to the police to ask them to inquire into

Approached senior Lib Dems four years ago with claims about Lord Rennard Daily Mail Fresh details emerged last night about the whistleblower who was forced out of the Liberal Democrats and made to sign a gagging order over the Lord Rennard allegations. She was named as Helen Jardine-Brown, a former head of fund-raising, who was

Lord Rennard sex scandal: Pressure mounts on embattled Nick Clegg Telegraph.co.uk (blog) Good morning. Things are looking grim today for Nick Clegg, the Lib Dems, and, by implication, the Coalition. The revelations about the party’s handling of the complaints against Lord Rennard are getting steadily worse, putting Mr Clegg’s leadership in doubt.

Lib Dems failed in their duty to go to police over Lord Rennard claims, Labour … Telegraph.co.uk John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, has accused Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, and his party not doing the “appropriate” thing by contacting the police as soon as claims made about the peer. Lib Dem officials will today meet Scotland Yard officers to

Lord Rennard: fresh questions for Nick Clegg over the sex scandal whistleblower Telegraph.co.uk The Telegraph has established that Helen Jardine-Brown, a former head of fund-raising, told senior Lib Dems four years ago of allegations about Lord Rennard, the party’s former chief executive. Officials told her that Mr Clegg would call her directly to discuss

Nick Clegg to admit knowledge of Lord Rennard ‘concerns’
The Independent Nick Clegg insisted today that he and the Liberal Democrats had got “nothing to hide” over the handling of claims that a senior party official had sexually harassed several women. As the Liberal Democrats battled to contain the fallout from the allegations, the party’s president, Tim Farron, admitted it had “screwed this up” and failed in its duty of care to women who made allegations of sexual harassment by Lord Rennard.

Lib Dem crisis over Rennard sexual misconduct claims – latest: Politics live blog The Guardian (blog)Nick Clegg is facing criticism because of his handling of the sexual misconduct allegations against Lord Rennard, the former Lib Dem chief executive.

Met to probe claims against Lib Dem peer Financial Times Nick Clegg’s leadership is being questioned at the top of his party as police were called to investigate alleged sexual harassment by Lord Rennard, a senior Liberal Democrat peer. Police are investigating whether “criminal activity” took place following

Police to investigate Lord Rennard claims ITN Police have launched an investigation into whether “criminal activity” took place following allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women by the senior Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard. Liberal Democrat officials approached Metropolitan police

Sex claims engulfing UK coalition probed News24 London British police on Monday said they would probe claims of sexual impropriety by a former CEO of Britain’s Liberal Democrats that threaten to engulf party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Metropolitan Police announced in a statement on

UK police probing claims that former Liberal Democrats official sexually … Washington Post LONDON — British police are investigating allegations that a former senior member of the Liberal Democratic party sexually harassed four women, authorities said Monday, in a case that has shaken up the junior partner in the country’s governing coalition. Scotland Yard said its special investigations team has been approached by party officials following claims that Chris Rennard, a former chief executive of the left-leaning Lib Dems, inappropriately touched and propositioned four women in incidents that dated back to 2003. Rennard, who stepped down in 2009, denies the claims.

Nick Clegg under pressure as Liberal Democrat problems mount The Guardian After his stepping down, the collective Liberal Democrat thinking might have been to let sleeping dogs lie. But his re-emergence as an effective and active force as a Lib Dem peer – he scuppered the boundary review – perhaps meant some women in the …

Sex claims: Bridget Harris (l) and Alison Smith

Liberal Democrat Lord Rennard Sex Claims ‘Known Five Years Ago’ IBTimes.co.uk Claims that a former Liberal Democrat power broker had been accused of sexual harassment were known at the top of the party more than five years ago, it has emerged. Concerns about the alleged behaviour of former Lib Dem chief executive and strategist Lord Rennard were passed to party boss Nick Clegg in 2008. He admitted that he knew of “non-specific” claims against Rennard at the time. Rennard strongly denied the allegations against him. In a strongly worded statement Clegg insisted there had been no cover-up by the party over the inappropriate conduct allegations.

OPINION: Why voters must always reject the Liberal Democrats Express.co.uk THE nauseating hypocrisy of the Liberal Democrats is on full display once more. This party loves to wallow in sanctimonious self-righteousness about women’s rights, trumpeting its commitment to fighting discrimination. Only last week, with typical politically correct piety, Lib Dem policy-makers launched an initiative to increase the number of female MPs and break down “the barriers to women’s participation in politics”.

Video: Nick Clegg faces questions over election of … telegraph.co.uk

Nick Clegg Knew Of Lord Rennard Concerns Sky News Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is facing more questions after admitting he did know about “indirect” allegations against Lord Rennard. Several women have accused the party’s former chief executive of inappropriately touching and propositioning female …

Vince Cable says he and Nick Clegg were not aware of Rennard claims The Independent Nick Clegg insisted today that he and the Liberal Democrats had got “nothing to hide” over the handling of claims that a senior party official had sexually harassed several women. As the Liberal Democrats battled to contain the fallout from the …

Nick Clegg admits he heard of Rennard ‘concerns’ in 2008 The Guardian Clegg was first personally drawn into the row when the Mail on Sunday reported about Facebook messages, in which one woman claimed that “Nick knows” – a reference, suggested the newspaper, to the allegations about Rennard. Sunday’s statement thrust …

What Nick Clegg doesn’t know can still get him into trouble The Guardian Bank executives paid millions for their world-class management skills didn’t know, until the crash, what precisely their traders were doing to make so much money. And Nick Clegg had never heard about the women queueing up to accuse his close aide Lord …

Lord Rennard Concerns: Nick Clegg Knew Sky News Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has admitted that he knew of concerns over Lord Rennard’s behaviour more than four years ago. Several women have accused the party’s former chief executive of inappropriately touching and propositioning female party workers, …

Nick Clegg admits his office knew of Lord Rennard rumours for five years Telegraph.co.uk The Daily Telegraph also revealed on Friday that Nick Clegg’s most senior aide was told almost three years ago about allegations that a senior party figure had repeatedly sexually pestered female …

Who can trust Nick Clegg ever again? Daily Mail Since he assumed the leadership of the Liberal Democrats in 2007, Nick Clegg has presented himself as a different kind of politician from the tribal dinosaurs of the past – sensitive, morally upright, and a fearless defender of women’s rights. How …

Nick Clegg On Rennard: I’ve Nothing To Hide Yahoo! News UK Labour’s shadow minister for equalities and women, Kate Green, said the statement raised more questions than answers. She said: “After days of total denials – some only hours ago from Lib Dem MPs Vince Cable and Jeremy Browne – Nick Clegg has now …

Awkward! 7 David Cameron attacks new Tory MEP Marta Andreasen may regret London Loves Business UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen ruffled feathers in her party as she announced over the weekend that she was leaving to join the Tories. Andreasen saw the light, she told voters in Eastleigh in an open letter – the future was now blue, thanks to David Cameron’s “game changer” promise of an EU referendum.

David Cameron hints at a reward for Ann Widdecombe Express.co.uk The Prime Minister praised the contribution to public life made by the Daily Express columnist. He suggested the former Tory minister could be rewarded with a seat in the House of Lords despite being previously snubbed for the honour. “She’s a very accomplished Conservative and I’m sure she’s got a lot left to give in terms of public service,” he told the Daily Express.

Awkward! 7 David Cameron attacks new Tory MEP Marta Andreasen may regret London Loves Business UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen ruffled feathers in her party as she announced over the weekend that she was leaving to join the Tories. Andreasen saw the light, she told voters in Eastleigh in an open letter – the future was now blue, thanks to David Cameron …

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