Clegg to clarify stance on Rennard

News Shopper: Lord Rennard said he is 'deeply shocked' by the allegations, which he 'strongly disputes' Lord Rennard said he is 'deeply shocked' by the allegations, which he 'strongly disputes'

Nick Clegg is expected to admit tonight that he knew of general concerns about alleged harassment of women by a senior Liberal Democrat colleague.

The Deputy Prime Minister is set to issue a clarification after days of the party insisting he was not aware of complaints about former chief executive Lord Rennard until they were reported by Channel 4 News last week.

The peer - a key party strategist and adviser to a succession of Lib Dem leaders before standing down in 2009 - has said he is "deeply shocked" by the allegations, which he "strongly disputes" and regards as a "total distortion" of his character.

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