: What examples….
Things that I have supposedly been caught doing in inappropriate places
with some man….fo
r example, absolutely revolting. 3. VD: Untrue? ES: Of course it is untrue.
I mean, it beggers belief that that’
s the style of keeping somebody in their place. I have put that particular complaint to a senior colleague and other colleagues and nothing got done. Nobody was ever spoken to, that I know of. I never received an apology. It just goes on and on. But I am a pretty robust person, you have to take the rough with the smooth in politics, you have to have a thick skin, I get that, and I am not naïve enough to misunderstand that some of it is just political manoeuvring and posturing. But at its heart, what has happened to me and the position that Nick Clegg down[wards] have put me in, is not a Liberal Democrat position; the ethos, should be better than this. I heard the LBC interview with Nick Clegg when he says he took action. Mike Hancock resigned the parliamentary whip at the beginning of June last year and Nick Clegg claims credit for that. My understanding is, and I may be wrong, but my understanding is that Mike Hancock resigned
the whip because the deal was “Y
ou resign or we will suspend you anyway
”. The point is that was up in London [and]
hat protected Nick Clegg’
s reputation up in the Parliamentary Party in London, but
what about Portsmouth….?
VD: You spoke with the Liberal Democrat chief executive Tim Gordon at the
? ES: Yup, to put that point to him. VD: Right. How did that meeting go? ES: Well it was a long meeting. I was able to finally get in touch with him through Helena Morrissey who was running the inquiry into the problems that we are having [inside the Liberal Democrats]. She brokered a phone call where I invited myself up to meet him in London, and that was one of the points I made, that if a person, okay we are talking about Mike Hancock but we could be talking about anyone, if a person has driven Nick Clegg and Alastair Carmichael the chief whip, and Simon Hughes I believe was in the room
also, to effectively say “Y
ou have got to resign the party whip
, why does that just happen up in London? What about the fact that that same person has a position as a Liberal Democrat in another city? What about the people that are expected to work him? I