The Straits Times
Published on Feb 26, 2013

Police to probe sex claims involving UK coalition party


LONDON (AFP) - British police on Monday said they would probe claims of sexual impropriety by a former CEO of Britain's Liberal Democrats that threaten to engulf party leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

Metropolitan Police announced in a statement on their website that they were investigating claims made by four women against Mr Chris Rennard to see "whether or not criminal activity has taken place".

The message revealed that the force had been "approached by officials in the Liberal Democrat Party following recent media reporting".

The Liberal Democrats' popularity has plunged since Mr Clegg signed an agreement with the Conservatives, making them the coalition government's junior partners following the 2010 election.