Lib Dems at lowest poll rating
The Liberal Democrats have fallen to their lowest rating in any ComRes survey following accusations of sexually inappropriate behaviour against the party’s former chief executive.
A monthly poll for the Independent found the party in fourth place behind UKIP for the first time in a survey of this kind. They polled 8%, down two points on last month.
The poll had good news for Labour though, with its lead extending to 12 points, the biggest in a ComRes survey for the paper since 2005. The figures would see Labour win a 122 seat majority at the next election.
Earlier today, Lib Dem President Tim Farron admitted the party "screwed up" the way they dealt with the allegations as it emerged one of Nick Clegg's most senior officials knew of claims about Lord Rennard's behaviour almost three years ago.
The Deputy Prime Minister himself has said he knew of “non-specific concerns” in 2008, but only learnt of particular incidents when they were broadcast by Channel 4 News last week.
But the Daily Telegraph claims its reporters contacted Mr Clegg's chief of staff Jonny Oates with five specific allegations involving the Lib Dem peer in April 2010.
Mr Farron offered a frank assessment of the party's failing on the Today programme, saying:
"We screwed this up as a party. There are individuals out there who we had a duty of care towards who we did not fulfil that duty of care to them. That is something we have learn from, apologise for and make sure it never happens again.”