Mike Hancock will face a Lib Dem disciplinary hearing into his improper behaviour with a woman who came to him for help
After the Portsmouth South MP issued an apology admitting he had an inappropriate friendship with a female constituent, the chairman of Portsmouth Liberal Democrats, Simon Dodd, issued a statement saying: ‘Ever since these claims came to light, Mike Hancock has consistently informed the local party that the claims were untrue and that he had a very strong case that would disprove all claims at trial and that he would not settle.
‘Given the strength in which he made his case to us and the fact that the police twice investigated the claims and decided not to prosecute, we had no reason not to believe him.
‘After today’s developments and the admissions he has made, we are incredibly disappointed that Mike Hancock has chosen not to proceed with the court case in order to clear his name.
‘Mike Hancock has admitted behaving in an unprofessional way that caused harm and distress to a constituent and we are very disappointed that his apology was not made at a much earlier stage.
‘Mike Hancock’s membership of the party remains suspended and he will now be subject to the party’s internal disciplinary hearing.’