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(not satire – it’s the Lib Dems!)

The civil war in the Liberal Democratic Party over sexual harassment allegations against its senior members continues to worsen.

A couple of days ago, Nick Clegg decided to suspend MP Mike Hancock’s membership of the party after shocking allegations of sexual harassment against him came to light:

Shocking extracts from the leaked report into sexual harassment by Lib Dem MP

Nick Clegg claims he acted “immediately” despite evidence his office was first made aware of the allegations as long as 3 years ago.

But just last night local Liberal Democrats in Portsmouth voted to defy their leader and keep Hancock in his lucrative position in the cabinet despite the ruling from Nick Clegg:

Hancock keeps his role on city council cabinet

One of the local Lib Dem councillors Cllr Les Steven even openly admitted he had voted to support Hancock because he is his friend:

I am protecting Mike because I am his friend and I have not seen anything proving otherwise (that he is guilty). That’s the way I look at it.

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So what is Clegg going to do now? Suspend the entire Portsmouth Lib Dem membership from the party?

Or just wait for them to be wiped out – as they surely will –  by an angry local electorate in May’s local elections?

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Related articles by Tom Pride:

Shocking extracts from the leaked report into sexual harassment by Lib Dem MP

Lib Dems use taxpayers’ money to suppress report into second sex harassment case

Lord Rennard on Cyril Smith: “a personal inspiration to me”

Is this the most jaw-dropping example of hypocrisy from the Lib Dems yet?

Lib Dem councillor refers to deadly Ukraine clashes as ‘a Jolly’

Nick Clegg pledges clampdown on harassment of hot Lib Dem peers by women

Nick Clegg to Lib Dems – “Prepare for Oppositionment!”

Scientists finally discover function of Nick Clegg

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