Britain's Mr Clegg admits 'serious mistakes' in sex scandal
LONDON (AFP) - British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg admitted on Wednesday that "very serious mistakes" were made over a sex scandal which has rocked his Liberal Democrat party ahead of a crucial by-election.
Mr Clegg repeated his insistence that he was unaware of allegations of sexual harassment by several female party workers against former Lib Dem chief executive Lord Chris Rennard until they emerged last week.
But he conceded that rumours about the behaviour of Lord Rennard - who strongly denies groping the women - had been "in the background" of the peer's resignation due to ill-health in 2009.
"There were some very serious mistakes and the women were not listened to and were let down," Mr Clegg said during his weekly phone-in on a London radio station.