Lord Rennard finally apologises to four women over sex pest claims

Lord Rennard finally apologises to four women over sex pest claims
Lord Rennard has finally apologised (Picture: PA)

Lord Rennard has finally apologised to four women who accused him of ‘harassing’ them, it has emerged.

The former chief executive of the Liberal Democrats had denied claims of sexual impropriety for more than a year, despite being told to say sorry after a party inquiry found the accusations were credible.

His letter reads: ‘Lord Rennard wishes to achieve closure of the contentious issues that have been in the public domain for the last 14 months by expressing his apologies.’

The 53-year-old peer goes on to say that he ‘may wellhave encroached upon personal space’ and would like to ‘apologise sincerely for any such intrusion’ which he claims would ‘have been inadvertent.’

Police investigated claims that Lord Rennard sexually harassed female party activists last year, but decided not to press charges.


An inquiry carried out by Alistair Webster QC found there was credible evidence of ‘behaviour which violated the personal space and autonomy of the complainants.’ Alison Goldsworthy, a senior party official who alleged Lord

Rennard put his hand down the back of her dress, said she was ‘grateful’ the peer had finally recognised his ‘upsetting behaviour.’

But another alleged victim, Susan Gaszczak, compared him to ‘a naughty little schoolboy’ trying ‘to get back in (to the party) with his apology.’

The peer was suspended from the party earlier this year for his refusal to apologise. Last night the Lib Dems would not confirm if he would be welcomed back.

29 May 2014 | 9:53 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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