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Former Welsh Assembly candidate calls for Lord Rennard to be expelled from Liberal Democrat party over sexual harassment claims

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

Three of the four women who allege they were sexually harassed by Lord Rennard (pictured) have called for him to be expelled from the Liberal Democrat party.

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A FORMER Welsh Assembly candidate who alleges she was sexually harassed by former Lib Dem strategist Lord Rennard has joined calls for him to be expelled from the party.

Lord Rennard has denied sexual harassment, but expressed regret for "inadvertent" intrusion on "personal space".

He is suspended from the Lib Dems but it is said he wants to rejoin the party.

But three of the four women who have made accusations against him have said they believe that should not happen.

One of them, Alison Goldsworthy, who fought for the Cardiff West seat in the 2007 Welsh Assembly elections, is reported as sayingLord Rennard's apology was a "start" but did not go far enough, and called for him to be booted out of the party.

Another of the women, Bridget Harris,has reportedly said it is down to the leadership to act.

She said: "The real question here is, 'Should the Lib Dems accept him back on the benches in the House of Lords?' And I don't think the answer to that is yes.”

And Susan Gaszczak is reported to have said: "We really have got to draw a line under this. The only way to do that is actually to say, 'Lord Rennard, it's time to go.'"

Alistair Webster QC conducted an internal party investigation into the claims against Lord Rennard, which found they could not be proved beyond reasonable doubt.

But Lord Rennard was asked to apologise.

This week, a statement from Lord Rennard's lawyers to the Lib Dem party said: "Lord Rennard wishes to achieve closure of the contentious issues that have been in the public domain for the last 14 months by expressing his apologies to Susan Gaszczak, Alison Goldsworthy, Bridget Harris and Alison Smith.

"Lord Rennard personally accepts the full report of Alistair Webster QC as given to him on March 7 in its entirety."

A spokesman for the Liberal Democrat party said: "An appeal has been submitted by three of the original complainants against the outcome of Alistair Webster's investigation.

"Separately, an appeal has been submitted by Lord Rennard against the disciplinary process for bringing the party into disrepute by his failure to apologise, and his conduct after the publication of Webster's conclusions.

"Both appeals will be considered by the English Appeals Panel in accordance with the rules of the party. We cannot comment further on any aspect of that process while it is ongoing."


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  • mdcurran  |  May 31 2014, 7:28PM

    Women can be soooh sensitive.

  • Jiffy  |  May 30 2014, 12:53PM

    What Liberal Democrat party ?

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  • hacker_jack  |  May 30 2014, 9:09AM

    As good as a claim might be it is still a claim, you should never expel/sack someone over a claim.

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