The Liberal Democrat official responsible for managing the party’s disciplinary processes was banned from the City after he failed to investigate or to inform financial regulators about the activities of a rogue trader, Political Scrapbook can reveal. Having already been sacked as compliance director of investment bank Morgan Grenfell in 1996, Mike Wheatley (second left above) was then slapped […]

Of all the things that Tim Farron could have looked to make light of in his final speech as Lib Dem president: “There are some parts of the job that I’m happy to pass on. “The next time any of you get caught with your pants round your ankles the media can call someone else […]

It only took him fifteen months since Channel 4’s original report and four months since refusing point blank to say sorry to women who alleged harassment. Rennard’s damning wording confirms that serious allegations of sexual impropriety are of secondary concern to elections: “I would be most grateful if the English Party could transmit this immediately, now that […]

With Nick Clegg’s failure to take action against Lord Rennard plastered across the papers today, the link with another ‘sex case’ featuring even more sickening allegations against a national Lib Dem politician has gone unremarked in the mainstream media. Portsmouth MP Mike Hancock — who is also a councillor in the city — is currently subject […]

With the Liberal Democrats taking no action against Lord Rennard over ‘sex pest’ claims from multiple activists, Nick Clegg has attempted to appease incensed female party figures by stating that the disgraced peer will have no role in the election campaign. No role other than, errr, writing the manifesto. As a member of the party’s Federal Policy […]

A ‘call for evidence’ for Liberal Democrats to submit allegations of sexual harassment against Lord Rennard gives them less than one week to to do so. With a police probe dropped on 26 September, an internal inquiry into the peer is being conducted by QC Alastair Webster. Chief executive Tim Gordon included an appeal for information in his regular […]

The Liberal Democrats are to change their party constitution in an attempt to draw a line under a sexual harassment scandal which has rocked the party. After an internal report criticised Nick Clegg and equalities minister Jo Swinson for their handling of ‘sex pest’ allegations against Lord Rennard, the following clause will be voted in […]

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 […]