Mike Hancock continues his cabinet role despite Lib Dem suspension

Mike Hancock leaves his home this morning. Picture: Jamie Lorriman/Solent News & Photo Agency

Mike Hancock leaves his home this morning. Picture: Jamie Lorriman/Solent News & Photo Agency

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CITY councillor Mike Hancock carried on his cabinet role in the council today, despite being at the centre of a storm over whether he should be stripped of his position.

Cllr Hancock chaired a meeting as portfolio holder for planning, regeneration and economic redevelopment at noon today inside Portsmouth Guildhall.

He welcomed a report about the adoption of a new planning document.

As reported, Cllr Hancock has been suspended from the Liberal Democrats over sexual assault allegations, and city group members will meet tonight to decide his future on the cabinet.

He refused to speak to The News afterwards, but told other media present that he wouldn’t provide a running commentary on the situation.

Cllr John Ferrett, Labour group leader, who attended, said after: ‘I think it’s him showing defiance to Nick Clegg (national Lib Dem leader) and to Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson (leader of the council) as well, because he is still a member of the Lib Dem cabinet.

‘The message seems to be, I am not going to go.’

Portsmouth City Council is appearing in the High Court this afternoon contesting an application for a report by QC Nigel Pascoe into Cllr Hancock’s conduct to be used as evidence in a civil case which his alleged victim has lodged against him.

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