Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock eyes up bold return to council at the elections

Mike Hancock has revealed he is eyeing a return to his city council seat at the next election. It comes after the end of a court case yesterday involving Les Cummings, inset. Picture: Allan Hutchings (143403-419)
Mike Hancock has revealed he is eyeing a return to his city council seat at the next election. It comes after the end of a court case yesterday involving Les Cummings, inset. Picture: Allan Hutchings (143403-419)

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MIKE Hancock is eyeing up a return to Portsmouth City Council at next year’s local elections, The News can reveal.

The Portsmouth South MP wants to reclaim his position as an independent councillor for Fratton and has revealed he might run for the role in May.

143403_HANCOCK_3/12/14''Mike Hancock at his hoem in Portchester.''A restraining order has been placed on a man who harassed Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143403-419) PPP-140312-191706001

143403_HANCOCK_3/12/14''Mike Hancock at his hoem in Portchester.''A restraining order has been placed on a man who harassed Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143403-419) PPP-140312-191706001

Mr Hancock, a former Lib Dem, says he still has a heart for the city ward and visits regularly to catch up with voters despite the fact he lost the seat, which he held for more than 40 years, at the polls earlier this year to Ukip’s Julie Swan.

The veteran politician revealed his intentions to The News at the end of a crown court case yesterday against abuse victim Les Cummings, 70, (pictured second), who was given a restraining order for harassing Mr Hancock.

The MP said: ‘Fratton meant the world to me, I miss it there.

‘I go down there nearly every other day and I drop in to see people who have stood by me.

141734_CUMMINGS_10/6/14''Les Cummings.'Picture: Allan Hutchings (141734-743c) PPP-141006-153529003

141734_CUMMINGS_10/6/14''Les Cummings.'Picture: Allan Hutchings (141734-743c) PPP-141006-153529003

‘And I think that had I not had all of this happen, I would have been re-elected.

‘It’s still inside me that I would like to once again represent Fratton. But what I end up doing is another thing.’

Mr Hancock said Cummings’ harrassment had a ‘devastating’ impact on his health after the pensioner called him a ‘pervert’ and referred to him as a ‘cancer growth that won’t go away’ in one of six offensive e-mails to the MP’s associates.

Salisbury Crown Court heard Cummings’ behaviour was motivated by his belief Mr Hancock had blocked Portsmouth City Council giving him a public apology for being abused in a council-run care home in the 1950s.

Cummings, of Sydenham Court, Fratton, denied stalking Mr Hancock and producing and distributing offensive leaflets.

Those charges were dropped after Cummings pleaded guilty under Section 2 of the Protection from Harassment Act.