Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Claim Lord Rennard targeted 10 women

A Liberal Democrat activist who claims she was propositioned by Lord Rennard has said she knows of nine other women who complained of being targeted by the party's former chief executive.

And as police met senior Liberal Democrat officials to discuss the allegations surrounding the peer, Lord Rennard issued a fresh statement strongly denying all accusations of improper behaviour. He also said he would co-operate with any properly-constituted inquiry.

A former councillor, who only gave her name as Susan and who has alleged Lord Rennard made an inappropriate approach to her, said: "I have spoken to nine women who were involved in this, which is a fair number. But it is always really difficult for anybody to come forward."

Meanwhile, party leader Nick Clegg hit out at the reporting of the sexual harassment claims by "self-appointed detectives" in the media. He said he would not "provide a running commentary" on the allegations, and took a swipe at "people who appear to want to act as self-appointed detectives trying to piece together events that happened many years ago".

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