20 Jan 2014

Clegg hopes to buy time on Rennard

The first line of the Lib Dems’ disciplinary procedure rules┬ástates: “Dealing with disciplinary issues within the party can be one of the most time-consuming and unrewarding aspects of holding party office.”

I’m sure Nick Clegg won’t be rewriting that bit of the rule book.

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It looks as though Clegg could buy himself a pause in this messy saga today, though not a pain-free one.

Read more: Lord Rennard breaks silence – on Facebook

If, as expected, the activists’ sub-committee on disciplinary matters, meeting as I write, decides to start a new procedure looking into whether Lord Rennard has brought the party into disrepute by not apologising, then some in the leadership will be hoping that triggers a new suspension for Lord Rennard from the whip in the Lords.

Read more: Nick Clegg warns Rennard: ‘No apology, no whip’

All that will have been achieved is a kicking of the can down the road but right now that probably seems the most appetising solution in prospect for Clegg who finds himself squashed between two sets of strongly committed party figures and tied up by a party rule book that lashes democratic and procedural chains around a leader trying to do his own thing.

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2 reader comments

  1. george says:

    i am no fan of nick clegg but would like you to clarify
    figures and tied up by a party rule book that lashes democratic and procedural chains around a leader trying to do his own thing. –

  2. Philip Young says:

    If you read the blog by Michael Crick on MP Mike Hancock, who was investigated by the Party for inappropriate behaviour towards a woman constituent, David Allworthy at Party HQ declared at the end of the investigation: “The relevant committee has fully investigated the matter, so that now has to be the end of it.” – (Feb 7th, 2012). And it was.

    So…. Has party procedure changed since then or do MPs have a different bar to jump over than a Peer, when both say they have done nothing wrong?

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