Newton Investment Management Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Helena Morrissey will head an independent inquiry into the U.K. Liberal Democrats, the junior partners in Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government.
The review will examine the party’s culture and attitudes toward women after allegations of sexual harassment against former Liberal Democrat CEO Chris Rennard, the party said in an e-mailed statement today.
“While prompted in difficult circumstances, this review is a very important step in giving everyone, especially women, a greater confidence in politics and the Liberal Democrats,” Morrissey said. “We can only make changes in society when those at the top in business and politics lead by example.”
The inquiry was set up by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, after the party was accused of suppressing the allegations of sexual harassment against Rennard by not properly investigating them. Rennard denies the allegations against him and Clegg has denied that there was a cover-up.
“As a political party which prides itself on equality, we must give everyone confidence they will be treated fairly and equally and that they will be listened to,” said the party’s current CEO, Tim Gordon. “It is vital this review is done independently of the party, in a way which can be frank and can scrutinize thoroughly, and I am delighted Helena has agreed to chair the review.”
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