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Lord Rennard takes advice on legal action against Lib Dems

20 January 2014

6:03 PM

20 January 2014

6:03 PM

After his magnum opus earlier, a spokesman for Lord Rennard has issued another, rather shorter, statement:

‘Lord Rennard would like proper consideration to be given to the statement that he made earlier today before there is any further action.

‘He does not wish to see legal action between fellow Liberal Democrats, but his membership of the party matters more to him than anything apart from family and friends. Indeed he feels that the party is also his family.

‘He believes that the suspension of his membership announced this morning should be lifted, that the party should now give him the report to which he is entitled and that Liberal Democrats should act in the best spirits of the party that he joined as a teenager.

‘In the light of the extraordinary decision by the English Regional Parties Committee, Lord Rennard is having to take legal advice with a view to civil action against the party.’

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  • Doggie Roussel

    Rennard… Bunter on speed springs to mind….

    Looks like the fat bloke is about to effect a water-bomb splash into the calm waters of the LibDem swamp.

    A party that uses such an odious oaf up-front has some obvious policy flaws and will be yet another millstone around Dave’s neck when he attempts to return to power.

    Dave has already saddled himself with gay marriage, prevarication and equivocation over the EU, dithering over Scottish Independence and having hitched his wagon to the most ineffectual and laughable figure to ever figure in government: Nick ‘thirty odd’ Clegg.

    Dave, mate, you are toast !

    Were you to shed the EU, Scotland and the LibDems, you’d breeze back in… but you haven’t got the cojones and a holocaust awaits the maligned English electorate.

  • Mynydd

    Some government this. War as broken out in the Conservative Party are over Europe. War as broken out in the Lib Dem party over Lord Rennard. War as broken out between Conservatives and Lib Dems on about everything else. Where is the Prime Minister when the country needs leadership, in his bunker no doubt.

    • Doggie Roussel

      Liquid Lunch ?

      • Mynydd

        Are you referring to me or Mr Cameron?

        • Doggie Roussel

          You tell me… Hard to decipher your original post… but, on reflection, it may have been in Welsh…

  • saffrin

    I tell you what Rennie, tell the accusers to p!ss or get off the pot.
    Let’s face it, if any of their claims had validation, why have none of them contacted the police?

  • James Strong

    iI’ve just read, over on the Telegraph site, that his ‘victims’ think that Rennard might ‘smear’ them.
    This must be completely different from how, having so clearly failed to establish what they wanted, the ‘victims’ continue to allow Rennard to be attacked?

    • Andy

      You mean how the ‘victims continue to smear Lord Rennard’.

    • Doggie Roussel

      What exactly does ‘smearing’ involve ?

      The mind boggles… especially where this odious and malignant toad is involved.

  • Nkaplan

    This whole case confuses me. As I understand it there was an investigation into the allegations against Renard, the conclusion of which was that there was not sufficient evidence against him for further action to be taken. Now he has been suspended on the basis that he brought he party into disrepute, becuase he wouldn’t apologies for doing something which he denies doing, and for which there was wasn’t enough evidence to show he had done.

    Am I missing something here, or has the whole world descended into some kafkaesque lunacy?

    • Andy

      That is about the long and the short of it.

      The LibDums followed their rules and held an enquiry which found as you say. The Police concluded there was insufficient evidence, so no charges were brought. Now the LibDums demand that Rennard apologise for something they have been unable to prove – in other words they are demanding he admit something he denies possibly opening himself to civil action in the Courts because such an apology would be regarded as an admission of guilt.

      Shows the LibDum totalitarian mindset at its worst.

    • David Booth.

      And the LimpDems will continue to demand further inquiries until they get the right answer ie the answer they want. Utter shower the lot of them.

  • LadyDingDong

    To paraphrase another famous nonce “the unelected in pursuit of the unelectable”.

  • judyk113

    Lord Rennard this afternoon more than amply demonstrated his total imperviousness to the impact of his actions or the effect of his pronouncements on the public. Reminds me of the ferocious fusillades of denials that issued from Chris Huhne, former LibDem poster boy, and Stuart Hall …before the evidence came out. Needs to remember the immortal advice of Denis Healey, “When you’re in a hole…stop digging.”

    • Nicholas chuzzlewit

      Nice to know that the usual processes of British justice can now be safely disregarded. That will save us all a lot of time, effort and money. All we have to do in future is ask you to pronounce on somebody’s innocence or guilt and regardless of evidence to the contrary or even in the absence of conclusive evidence you will, Solomon like, provide an unequivocal judgement. No more wasteful Police investigations or due reference to the principles of jurisprudence, all can be safely ignored. You talk of his ‘actions’ as if they had been established conclusively in a court of law when in truth, it was deemed that the evidence was insufficient to pursue a prosecution. As for your final quote, doubtless included to demonstrate your own erudition, a more hilarious non sequitur would be hard to find. To be fair, that imbecile new something about ‘digging holes’ with his monumental deficit which had to be filled in eventually by the IMF.

      • HookesLaw

        Yes but this is not ‘British Justice’ if you see what I mean – its an internal enquiry by the LDs. Irrespective of the result – and this one is somewhat ambiguous – people are going to look at it and decide how they then want to relate to Rennard.
        Based on what seemed to have happened he is a creep and whilst that is not illegal some might consider it not agood idea to have them in a political party. Frankly if LD members do not want him they are entitled.

        • Slim Jim

          I’m with Hooky on this one Nicholas. This is about the shenanigans of the political class, and their efforts to try and sort out another mess they have got themselves into. It’s also about leadership and suitability for high office. Just look at the slimy reprobates that inhabit the Lords: Mandelson, Kinnock, and that Foulkes fellow. Oh yes, and there are Tory and Libdem peers too that can be included. If Clegg had got his way on Lords reform, do you think people would vote for these low-lifes? Dignity and respect my backside!

          • Nicholas chuzzlewit

            I find all of the people you mention perfectly loathsome and an abomination on British public life. That said, the police were asked to investigate and so it is not simply a party matter and the normal rules of Justice should apply. The police found the evidence insufficient to mount a successful prosecution and thus, regardless of any personal feelings I might have, I defer to British justice and not the howling mob.

        • Geronimo von Huxley

          Full marks for that. What part of UNELECTED do the leaders of the party, the party members or indeed the broader public not understand?

        • Nicholas chuzzlewit

          I understand your viewpoint but the police were asked to investigate and so this is not simply a ‘party matter’.

  • MirthaTidville

    So his membership of the Dim Libs is one of the most important things in his life??…Jeez he really needs to get out a bit..