Nick Clegg says a Scotland Yard investigation into allegations that Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard sexually harassed women must be allowed to run its course.Several women have accused the former party chief executive of inappropriately touching and propositioning female party workers, which he strenuously denies.
Police announced on Monday that they will meet with party officials to discuss the allegations.
If Lord Rennard is guilty of what he is accused of- propositioning women who worked for him and stroking their leg etc- then it is a case of sexual harassment and the women in question are entitled to some redress from the party that failed to discipline him.
But it seems extraordinarily unlikely that any crime has been committed- an unwanted pat on the knee is unpleasant but it doesn't make him Jimmy Savile.
All referring it to the police does is give the party an excuse not to discuss the matter before the polls close in Eastleigh.