After denying he knew anything, Clegg confessed he was made aware of non-specific and indirect concerns/allegations against Lord Rennard in 2008. Danny Alexander asked Lord Rennard about the accusations of sexual harassment, but the Lord denied the claims. Another senior Liberal Democrat, Jo Swinson, has been accused of not acting and covering up the allegations. His chief of staff is also under fire.
At this stage there is no evidence to suggest the party has silenced or covered up the claims. But questions about Nick Clegg and his leadership now (and back in 2008) have resurfaced. He is currently 4/1 to leave the Cabinet and the press coverage was horrific this morning; Clegg was on the front page of nearly every paper. The negative headlines are starting to unnerve a few within the party.
Will this lead to Clegg’s downfall as Liberal Democrat leader? at this moment in time, it is difficult to tell. As I stressed, there is no evidence of any claims of a cover-up. But, his position might become unstable if people come forward and publicly contradict him.
If he can get pass the weekend, without any hiccups, Clegg will survive. Again.