Rennard Round-Up

Rennard’s goodbye letter said he was leaving not because of the News of the Screws revealing his dishonesty, not because of his expenses and not because of Newsnight featuring him as the emblematic LibDem expense trougher last night. His letter was as true and as accurate as any LibDem leaflet he has ever written.

    Shhh, Don't Tell Anyone We're in Stockwell

  • Nick Clegg had a two hour meeting with Chris Rennard this morning.  No doubt they were discussing his diabetes medication programme.
  • Paul Burstow, Chief Whip in the House of Commons, phoned a number of female LibDem PPCs personally to assure them that Chris Rennard would no longer be in charge of their careers.
  • The Federal Executive meeting on Monday was supposed to be the denouement of Rennard. As it turns out the Newsnight reference to Rennard was the final straw for Clegg who is as keen as Cameron on getting credit for running a clean party.

The News of the World is not focusing on Chris Rennard’s financial misdemeanours.  A number of Cowley Street staffers are rejoicing at the departure of of the Chief Executive.  Mostly female staff…



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