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My column for ConHome: The Rennard affair shows Lib Dem strengths as well as weaknesses

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. I was told I couldn’t shirk the responsibility of explaining the Rennard affair – so if you’ve had your fill of it, stop reading now. My thanks (…)

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We’re Lib Dems: we need to care a lot more than we seem to about digging out the truth

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2014

Chris Rennard on Monday, Mike Hancock today. The Lib Dems have been doing quite a bit of membership-suspending this week. Those of us who are left are feeling scandal-fatigued. Probably the public are, too. Today has been especially depressing. Partly (…)

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What Lib Dem members think about The Morrissey Report into alleged sexual harassment within the party

by Stephen Tall on August 4, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 600 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 79% of Lib Dem members support Morrissey Report The independent Morrissey Inquiry, set up [...]

Helena Morrissey’s Report: some praise is also due

by Stephen Tall on June 13, 2013

I offered my first impressions of Helena Morrissey’s independent report into the Lib Dems’ culture and practices here yesterday, based on a skim-read and hearing Helena’s presentation of it at a media briefing. I read the report in full (available online here) on the train home last night. I recommend it to all Lib Dems, [...]

Helena Morrissey’s report: my first impressions

by Stephen Tall on June 12, 2013

I attended Helena Morrissey’s media briefing this afternoon, marking the publication of her independent inquiry report into the ‘culture and processes’ of the Lib Dems following the allegations of sexual impropriety levelled against the party’s former chief executive, Lord (Chris) Rennard. I’ve not yet had chance to read the full report, so this post is [...]

Independent inquiry report published into Lib Dem processes and culture post-Rennard allegations

by Stephen Tall on June 12, 2013

Helena Morrissey’s independent inquiry into the Lib Dems’ culture and processes has just been published — it’s the first of two inquiries launched by the party to report. The other, specifically investigating the allegations against Lord Rennard, is on hold (…)

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Lord Rennard: police launch formal investigation

by Stephen Tall on April 24, 2013

Today’s Independent reports: The Metropolitan Police has launched a formal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard. Scotland Yard said that detectives had moved from assessing the claims of a small number of women to carrying out “inquiries to corroborate those allegations”. The Metropolitan Police set up a dedicated [...]

The Rennard allegations: what Lib Dem members think about how the party and press handled them

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2013

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 650 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 55% say: party handed it badly, now doing right thing Lord Rennard has been accused of [...]

Today’s front pages: the Chris Rennard allegations dominate

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2013

Today’s front pages of the newspapers are about as grim as you might imagine after the weekend’s events… I’ve not had chance to read through all the press yet. Two that have caught my eye are this critical, but fair-minded, editorial in The Guardian: Like the BBC over Jimmy Savile in recent weeks, the Liberal [...]

Nick Clegg’s statement on Chris Rennard: 5 key points

by Stephen Tall on February 24, 2013

It’s just over an hour since we published Nick Clegg’s statement concerning the allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour levelled against Lord (Chris) Rennard. Here are some quick, initial thoughts: 1) Nick Clegg has stuck by his position, repeated earlier today by Vince Cable and Danny Alexander, that he “did not know about these allegations until [...]



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