Statement from Nick Clegg on the Morrissey Report

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has made this statement following the release of Helena Morrissey’s independent report into processes and culture within the Liberal Democrats and her recommendations for change:

I’m very grateful to Helena Morrissey for her very thorough report.

It makes sobering reading. It shows that stretching over a 20 year period a series of mistakes were made which left a number of women feeling seriously let down and for that there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever.

The report also shows that the individuals who dealt with their complaints had the right motives, but there weren’t the right processes in place to support the women who’d come forward. And as Leader of the Liberal Democrats I take responsibility for that. That’s why we’ve made a number of big changes in the party in recent years and why we must and will do more.

Let me be clear: the Liberal Democrats must be a party where even a hint of sexism is taken seriously; where every allegation of harassment is dealt with properly; and where there can be no fear that power or position can be abused.

Helena Morrissey herself confirmed that we have made significant steps in fixing these problems and she confirmed that there’s no cover up of any error or wrongdoing.

But she’s right to say that there’s more we should do and that’s why we must now speed up the process of change within the party. It’s why I can confirm that we will implement all her recommendations – in full and without any delay. It’s why I’ve asked Tim Farron, the President of the Liberal Democrats, to tell me how and when these changes will occur, and Helena Morrissey herself will come back in a year to check on the progress that we’ve made.

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3 Comments

  • From the Guardian today
    “Clegg was asked five times by radio host Nick Ferrari on his weekly phone-in show on LBC radio on Thursday whether he would personally take such training but refused to answer. “The most important thing for me, as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, is to make sure that we are open, take it on the chin where criticism has been made, and make sure that those changes are then implemented,” he said. When the question was repeated to him, he variously described it as “a slightly partial question” and tried to laugh it off.”
    This does not tally with “But she’s right to say that there’s more we should do and that’s why we must now speed up the process of change within the party. It’s why I can confirm that we will implement all her recommendations – in full and without any delay”
    This text book how not to win friends and influence people.

  • David Wilkinson 14th Jun '13 - 6:19am

    The attitude displayed by Clegg in answering this question just shows why the bulk of the people in the country have no time for him, he’s a waffle merchant or an elite politician?

  • Nice description, David – “waffle merchant”. Pretty accurate, too.

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