I want to avoid being overly partisan in this blog post, so I’m going to start by saying that there are some good Liberal Democrats who completely understand the issues of sexual harassment fully. Their representative in Europe in the North West is Chris Davies MEP. I think it is fair to say that he works hard and during the 2009 campaign was perfectly personable to me on hustings.
It is hugely disappointing to see his comments on Lord Rennard. As this peer considers legal action against his own party, Chris Davies has pledged money towards his legal costs. This is very concerning for Liberal Democrat activists and voters in this region.
As the lead candidate in the North West again, Chris Davies will be the continuing MEP for the Liberal Democrats here if they get enough support in May (although the latest Euro poll predicts they will lose all their seats). So the Liberal Democrat activists in the North West who have been deeply disappointed by their MEP’s response to this issue are left with a very difficult choice. Vote for their party but re-elect a politician who will earn a Euro salary for five years and contribute towards the legal fees of Lord Rennard, not vote or vote for an alternative.
Whatever choice individuals make will be difficult. I’d urge those who are part of the social liberal forum particularly, to consider us as an alternative. If anyone does want to contact me to pledge support, anonymity will be respected.