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Rennard ‘sex scandal': Clegg version of events unravels on radio phone in

Nick Clegg on LBC radio

Nick Clegg’s version of events on the harassment allegations against Lord Rennard is unravelling at an alarming rate. The deputy prime minister had previously claimed that his office were informed of “general concerns” regarding the party’s chief executive in 2008.

But with a former Lib Dem MP revealing she told the deputy prime minister about Rennard’s behaviour when he became party leader in 2007, Clegg was forced to defend himself on a radio phone in this morning.

His poor attempt to account for this gap is already being likened to Richard Nixon:

“I can only tell you the truth as I can recollect it now”

And it got worse, with caller “Cathy from Dulwich” turned out to be, errr, Cathy Newman from Channel 4 News, who seized on his admission that Rennard didn’t simply resign as chief executive for “health and family reasons” as claimed at the time. LBC producers didn’t seem to be impressed, however, and cut her off before she could follow up.

If it looks like a cover up and smells like a cover up …

Mystery over Channel 4 reshuffle as Matt Frei defects from BBC

Channel 4 News have poached two correspondents from the BBC. Matt Frei will remain in Washington but defects from Auntie, while Newsnight’s Jackie Long becomes social affairs editor. But the reshuffle has left viewers puzzled as to the future role of outgoing girl in D.C., Sarah Smith.

It is possible she could fill the role of political correspondent vacated by Cathy Newman, who becomes a presenter alongside Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Jon Snow. Guru-Murthy told Scrapbook on Twitter that “the jigsaw” had not been finalised but added Smith would return to London and “be on loads”.

Scrapbook assumes is a reference to airtime and not her salary.

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