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Danny Alexander statement on Lord Rennard allegations

24 February 2013

Below is a statement from Danny Alexander on his role in attempting to deal with allegations made against Lord Rennard:

‘As I said yesterday, I did not know about these specific allegations until the Channel 4 broadcast.

When indirect and anonymous concerns about Chris Rennard’s conduct came to the attention of Nick Clegg’s office, in late 2008, we acted immediately. As Nick’s Chief of Staff, I put these concerns to Chris Rennard in strong terms and warned him that any such behaviour was wholly unacceptable. Chris Rennard categorically denied that he had behaved inappropriately as he continues to do. Chris Rennard subsequently resigned as Chief Executive on health grounds.

As these concerns were received indirectly and anonymously, as those involved understandably wanted to maintain privacy, there was a limit to how we could take this matter forward following Chris Rennard’s resignation. The party has rightly set up inquiries into these matters and I will participate fully in those processes.’

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  • old_labour

    It does not say much for their workplace that the allegations were made indirectly and anonymously.

    Any employer committed to “fairness and equality” has robust policies and procedures in relation to harassment and whistle blowing.

    More cant and hypocrisy from the Liberal Democrats.

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