Did the Lib Dems ignore sex allegations? – Media and blog round up: February 21st 2013

February 22, 2013 10:46 am

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Did the Lib Dems ignore sex allegations?

“The Liberal Democrat leadership was accused last night of ignoring claims that one of the party’s leading peers had abused his position to make sexual advances towards several women. The allegations, which include an accusation that a serving minister failed to take action, prompted Nick Clegg to announce an internal inquiry, which met for the first time yesterday. “There are a number of questions that have been raised and our review will ensure we properly address all of them,” a spokesman said.” – The Times(£)
“Lord Rennard said there had been no complaints made in his 27 years with the party, but he had temporarily stood aside from the Lib Dems in the Lords to avoid “embarrassment” to the party.” – BBC

Damian McBride to open lid on No.10 life

“Damian McBride, the former aide to Gordon Brown who resigned after plotting to smear senior Tories, will next week give evidence to MPs about the workings of the civil service. Mr McBride now works in public relations for an agency of the Catholic Church, having left the world of politics in 2009. However, he will return to Westminster on Wednesday to give the Public Accounts Committee more insight into life at Number 10 under the former Prime Minister.” – Telegraph

Other highlights

  • Have the Tories lost in Eastleigh? – The Spectator
  • HMRC names and shames small businesses – Daily Mail
  • Is it only the ‘little people’ who get named and shamed on tax? – Tax Justice UK
  • Met launches Blacklisting investigation – Guardian
  • MPs say welfare to work isn’t working – Left Foot Forward
  • http://twitter.com/FRANCISGERALDAL FRANCIS GERALD ALLEN

    To me it seems rather strange that this story is now appearing during a by-election campaign that the Torie’s may be struggling to take a lead.Surely if there is any truth in these allegations(and at face value there does seem to be a case to answer) then where were the newshounds ? they are always sniffing around dustbins(or before shredding became a necessity in solicitors offices etc)and why have the women not pursued these issues vigorously until now? To me this is the Mail etc helping the Tories in Eastleigh; if the allegations are true then the Lib/Dems are guilty of a cover-up, and Rennard is due any punishment that is coming to him. But as the allegations are years old, to my mind, they could have waited another month, or, have been aired a month earlier.

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