Speaking on Radio Four’s Today programme, Party President Tim Farron spoke candidly about the the handling of the alleged inappropriate behaviour of the party’s former chief executive, stating very plainly:
The one thing I probably can tell you without going through due process is that we screwed this up as a party. There are individuals out there who we have a duty of care towards who we did not fulfil that duty of care to them and that is something we have to learn from, apologise for, and make sure never happens again.
He emphasised two key points which will guide the two inquiries:
1. Ensuring justice for the women involved is essential.
2. Due process is vital.
The full Today piece on the issue will shortly become available here (starting at 8:10).