Mike Hancock absent as he loses Portsmouth City Council seat

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Mike Hancock was absent early today as his fate was sealed in the Portsmouth election declarations.

Cllr Hancock, who has been receiving treatment at the Priory, was not at Portsmouth Guildhall to hear the result as Ukip took the Fratton ward he has held for 43 years.

The veteran councillor, who is also MP for Portsmouth South, has been embroiled in controversy.

In July 2010, allegations about Cllr Hancock’s behaviour a woman made to her support worker were reported to the police and three months later he was arrested over the claims although at the end of the year it was confirmed that he would not face criminal charges in the case.

But the following year he was served court papers after alleged victim lodges civil case at High Court against him.

In March 2013 Portsmouth City Council launched an investigation into his conduct, but the authority says it won’t decide on the complaint until the outcome of civil proceedings.

Last February he went into hospital and also quit his council cabinet role.

In April he announced he would defend his council seat. He stood as an independent with the Lib Dems not putting up a candidate against him but earlier this month he said he was too ill to run his own election campaign.