PM refuses to back Clegg on Rennard
David Cameron today refused to back Nick Clegg's handling of the Lord Rennard affair, potentially putting more pressure on the Deputy Prime Minister.
Asked if he had "confidence" in how Mr Clegg had dealt with the scandal, the Prime Minister would only reply that “obviously these are serious issues and serious matters and they need to be taken seriously."
Mr Cameron was speaking to reporters in Latvia, where he is attending the Northern Future Forum. His comments comes as a former Liberal Democrat activist met police today to discuss what she calls a "very, very serious" allegation against Lord Rennard.
Alison Smith, who has since left the party, has also said that even senior Lib Dem MPs were "very scared" of the former Lib Dem chief executive because of his power to "make or break careers".
The Daily Express reported on a friend of Lord Rennard who says the peer confided in him: “I’ve upset too many people. Now it’s coming back to hurt me.”
Mr Clegg is also under renewed pressure after it emerged that he had not replied to a letter describing Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock as “a liability to women”.
Scotland Yard has told the Times it will not be drawn into the Lib Dems' internal management and misconduct problems while it is investigating the matter.