Lord Rennard

A Lib Dem MP has walked free after allegations of sexual harassment from female activists.

An independent inquiry into allegations of impropriety made by female activists concluded that the evidence against Lord Rennard was “broadly credible”.

The peer has been asked to apologise for his conduct but said he wanted to “resume his roles” in the party.

The former Lib Dem chief executive resigned from the party last year after claims that he made unwanted sexual advances to several women and touched them inappropriately.

However Lord Rennard remains a member of its main policy making body.

Party leader Nick Clegg said Lord Rennard would not be playing “any role” in the Lib Dems’ 2015 general election plans.

But female activists were furious and said that calls for an apology were not sufficient and accused the party of protecting their own.
An inquiry launched by the Lib Dems concluded that there was broadly credible evidence dating back several years of “behaviour which violated the personal space and autonomy of the complainants”.

Lib Dem chairman, Alistair Webster QC, said it was “unlikely that it could be established beyond reasonable doubt that Lord Rennard had intended to act in an indecent or sexually inappropriate way”.

“Without proof of such an intention, I do not consider that such a charge would be tenable,” he stated.

He added: “It is my view that Lord Rennard ought to reflect upon the effect that his behaviour has had and the distress which it caused and that an apology would be appropriate, as would a commitment to change his behaviour in future.”

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