Jasper Gerard is the new Lib Dem candidate for Maidstone and Weald but has started his campaign with a disgusting dismissal of sexual abuse allegations against former Lib Dem Chief Exex, Lord Rennard.
In an interview with the BBC's "World At One" Jasper Gerard is reported as saying: "We should not be treating this as a major, major
crisis. It is something that is unfortunate but it is being blown
out of all proportion. We need to take some kind of degree of proportion about this.
It seems like it was a bit of inappropriate behaviour... a clumsy
pass, which I am not remotely defending."
Sexual harassment claims should be investigated and treated properly. Dismissing them as Gerard has done is disgusting, his apology was therefore necessary but this does not counter what he said.
Also amazing in the KM is Gerard's claim that he "would focus his campaign on whether Helen Grant was
the right person to be MP amid high-profile allegations concerning
her expenses." While I obviously agree with the sentiment it is a real case of bandwagoning.
Local Lib Dems seem to have selected a very poor candidate.