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.’