BBC News – Lord Rennard: Women urge Lib Dem leaders to expel peer



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Lib Dem activist Bridget Harris says Lord Rennard’s place is “untenable”

Three of the 4 ladies who declare they have been sexually harassed by former Lib Dem strategist Lord Rennard have stated he must be expelled from the celebration.

It follows an apology through which Lord Rennard, who denied sexual harassment, “expressed remorse” for “inadvertent” intrusion on “private area”.

Lord Rennard is presently suspended from the Lib Dems and his supporters say he needs to rejoin the celebration.

But the ladies have referred to as on get together leaders to completely expel him.

One of the ladies who made the claims, Bridget Harris, stated it was down to the management to act.

She stated: “The actual query right here is, ought to the Lib Dems settle for him again on the benches within the House of Lords? And I do not assume the reply to that’s sure.

“I assume that it will be untenable for Lord Rennard to keep as a spokesperson for the Lib Dems on any matter in any respect. So I assume he ought to be kicked out of the celebration.”

Who is Lord Rennard?

Lord Rennard

  • Chris Rennard, fifty three, has labored for the Lib Dems since his scholar days in Liverpool
  • He first gained consideration as an area activist after which get together agent for former MP David Alton, serving to him win successive election victories within the metropolis in 1979 and 1983
  • He then turned campaigns and election director for the entire celebration, overseeing a number of by-election victories between 1989 and 2003 because the Lib Dems grew in measurement
  • He was chief government between 2003 and 2009, serving three leaders Charles Kennedy, Sir Menzies Campbell and Nick Clegg
  • He stepped down in 2009 citing unwell well being and the difficulties of managing a diabetic situation
  • He turned a peer in 1999

Another of the ladies, Susan Gaszczak, stated the peer shouldn’t be allowed again into the social gathering.

She stated: “We actually have gotten to draw a line beneath this. The solely method to do that’s truly to say, ‘Lord Rennard, it is time to go.’”

A third lady, former Welsh Assembly candidate Alison Goldsworthy, stated Lord Rennard’s apology was a “begin” however didn’t go far sufficient, and referred to as for him to be expelled.

Lord Rennard is suspended whereas his case is being thought-about by the social gathering.

BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth says that after the Lib Dems’ current drubbing on the polls a person with Lord Rennard’s expertise of electoral success can be welcomed again by some.

It is one other headache for Mr Clegg and can divide opinion simply when his celebration wants to unite if they’re to win again some help, our correspondent added.

‘Closure’

Lord Rennard was requested to apologise after an inner get together probe by Alistair Webster QC in March. It concluded the claims have been credible however couldn’t be confirmed past affordable doubt.

A assertion from Lord Rennard’s legal professionals to the Lib Dem get together this week stated: “Lord Rennard needs to obtain closure of the contentious points which were within the public area for the final 14 months by expressing his apologies to Susan Gaszczak, Alison Goldsworthy, Bridget Harris and Alison Smith.

“Lord Rennard personally accepts the complete report of Alistair Webster QC as given to him on March S in its entirety.”

A spokesman for the peer stated he had but to obtain a response from the celebration.

A Liberal Democrat social gathering spokesman stated: “An attraction has been submitted by three of the unique complainants towards the result of Alistair Webster’s investigation.

“Separately, an attraction has been submitted by Lord Rennard towards the disciplinary course of for bringing the social gathering into disrepute by his failure to apologise, and his conduct after the publication of Webster’s conclusions.

“Both appeals shall be thought-about by the English Appeals Panel in accordance with the principles of the celebration. We can’t remark additional on any facet of that course of whereas it’s H:fifty six am – Source: bbc.co.uk
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