THE chairman of Portsmouth Liberal Democrats has defended Mike Hancock following his suspension from the party.
Simon Dodd said the allegations surrounding Cllr Hancock should be dealt with by the courts and not through the media or anywhere else.
He said Cllr Hancock would still remain as a councillor – though he is now independent.
He said: ‘We have today been made aware that Liberal Democrat HQ has received a complaint about Mike Hancock and has, pending investigation of that report, suspended Mike Hancock’s membership of the party.
‘There is an ongoing civil court case on the issues raised in the complaints to Portsmouth City Council and to the Lib Dems nationally.
‘Furthermore, the Police have investigated this complaint twice and found there to be no case to proceed with on both occasions.
‘We believe in proper and due process and that as there is an ongoing court case, it is the court that should rule first, having considered all the evidence, not the media or internal panels.
‘Mike Hancock has loyally represented the people of Portsmouth for over 40 years and he will continue to serve as an excellent constituency MP and as a councillor.’