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British DPM Nick Clegg suspends House of Lords member over sex harassment claims

Published on Jan 21, 2014 12:58 AM

LONDON (AFP) - British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrat party on Monday suspended a parliamentarian who refused to apologise over sexual harassment claims.

Lord Chris Rennard, the party's former chief executive who now sits in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of Parliament, now faces investigation for bringing the party into disrepute.

A row over the case had threatened to undermine Mr Clegg's authority as leader of the party, which is in coalition with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives.

Four female party activists made complaints of sexual harassment against Lord Rennard, 53, causing him to resign the "party whip", or his affiliation to the Lib Dems, in 2013.

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