‘No bullying’ in Portsmouth Lib Dems, claims party chairman

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THE chairman of the Portsmouth Liberal Democrats has claimed a review found no bullying in the party.

It comes as a senior councillor from the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors spent just over two days in the city.

Kath Pinnock was interviewing members of the Lib Dem group that lost control of the city in May.

Simon Dodd, local party chairman, wrote on Twitter: ‘Independent review confirms no bullying in Portsmouth Liberal Democrat party and council group.’

As reported, former Lib Dem councillor Eleanor Scott quit the party on Monday over the ALDC review.

But it comes as the national party’s Regional Parties Committee is separately looking into complaints of bullying.

A Lib Dem spokesman added: ‘The Liberal Democrats have received a complaint about bullying in the local party in Portsmouth.

‘This will be investigated by the national body that oversees member conduct.

‘Separately, the organisation for Lib Dem councillors – ALDC – has carried out a review into the Portsmouth Lib Dem group.

‘This is designed to help and assist politically as well as give more general more help and support.

‘It will finalise its recommendations in due course.’