Evan Harris, the former Lib Dem MP turned Hacked Off campaigner, told the Daily Politics that he was ‘quite happy’ to serve on party policy committees with panjandrum Lord Rennard. Harris was camped next to Bridget Harris, a former Special Advisor to Nick Clegg and one of the women at the centre of the scandal. She accused the party establishment of closing ranks, and said that she and others will not support a political movement that did not boot Rennard out of ‘their gang’.
Rennard has been ordered by Nick Clegg to apologise to the women who alleged that he had behaved inappropriately. An inquiry into Rennard’s alleged sexual misconduct found the claims ‘broadly credible’ but could take no further action under the party’s rules because the burden of proof would be too high. The Metropolitan Police announced last September that there would be no criminal charges against Rennard.
Yesterday, Rennard said: ‘I now look forward to resuming my roles within the Liberal Democrats.’ Evan Harris, for one, is ‘quite happy’ for Rennard to be in the gang again.