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LDV Comment Section Winner

November 17th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized by

Usually blog comment sections are a place where nobody wins. I have decided to make an exception… The winner of the LDV comments section as far as I’m concerned is Rob:

Chris Rennard is to the Lib Dems what Lance Armstrong is to cycling. He is an embarrassment to the Liberal Democrats and his continued involvement demeans the party.

For people saying that Lord Rennard has been found not guilty, you are incorrect. The Lib Dems are not a judicial institution so the Guilty/Not Guilty analogy is an inappropriate comparison to make. The burden of proof (which for a non judicial institution was ludicrously high) was not met, but Alisdair Webber said the complaints were “broadly credible”. In most of other institutions this would have been more than enough for expulsion. Sadly our disciplinary processes were not up to scratch (a fact that pretty much everyone on all sides accepts). This has left the party in a difficult position. Especially since Lord Rennard has only offered a pretty substandard apology.

For those saying we should respect the democracy of the Lords in holding a properly constituted election, I say the Lords should accept the properly constituted decision of a greater number of members who disagree with their decision. This matter can be resolved by Lord Rennard standing down from the FE.

As a party we must do all we can to make sure that the Liberal Democrats is a safe place for women. The involvement of Lord Rennard in the internal running of the party would send a message that runs contrary to this vital responsibility.

This issue has been rumbling on for years and I am sick and tired of the party losing good and longstanding members who feel, understandably that they cannot remain in a party that commits to protecting women from sexual harassment publically, while apparently failing to act on credible allegations internally.

We must now act to deal with this issue. And this is the Ideal time to deal with this matter. The media pretty much pay no attention to us, we are 4 and half years from a General Election and most of the public are ignoring politics post General Election. If we don’t take actions now it could explode again as an issue during say an important and winnable by-election.

We spent five years in Government making compromises and look where it got us, we can’t afford to make compromises with regards to gender equality, its what we preach, it’s what we stand for and it is not good enough not to have our own house in order over this matter.

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