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MP 'warned Clegg over Rennard'

MP 'warned Clegg over Rennard'
Nick Clegg was personally warned by a Lib Dem MP about alleged inappropriate behaviour from Lord Rennard, according to reports.

Former Lib Dem MP Sandra Gidley claims she told Mr Clegg about the allegations surrounding the party's former chief executive in 2007.

The Deputy Prime Minister has maintained that he was made aware of the allegations in recent weeks, having only heard "indirect and non-specific" concerns before then.

But Ms Gidley told the Daily Telegraph she had spoken to Mr Clegg "face-to-face", and said she hoped her comments would "jog" the party leader's memory.

Lord Rennard this afternoon again denied any impropriety and pledged to co-operate fully with any “properly constituted inquiry” into allegations of inappropriate conduct.

In a statement, the former party chief executive refuted the claims and said in 27 years of working with the party he had received no complaint about his behaviour.

But a woman who has accused him of sexually inappropriate behaviour told the BBC today she knows of nine other women who have had similar experiences.

The anonymous Lib Dem activist also criticised Mr Clegg's handling of the allegations, saying the Deputy Prime Minister did not know how to handle the issue.

“I think it put him in a very difficult position and he didn’t know how to deal with it and then didn’t deal with it well,” the activist told the BBC’s World at One.

"I’m sure there are rumours out there about everybody who’s been involved in public life. It’s very hard to make that judgment call and it’s a judgment call that you have to make on the spot and on this occasion I think he called it wrong."

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