Mike Hancock decision is delayed

Mike Hancock

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THE investigation into Portsmouth city councillor Mike Hancock’s conduct was today suspended until the end of a High Court ruling, which could be nearly a year away.

Two of the three members of the council’s governance and audit and standards sub committee voted in favour of not making a decision today over claims the Fratton councillor sexually assaulted a woman who came to him for help.

The alleged victim is suing Cllr Hancock, who is also the MP for Portsmouth South, in the High Court.

Cllrs Les Stevens and Terry Hall felt any decision today could have conflicted with a judge’s ruling, and they were concerned about the fact they had been given different legal advice.

Cllr Donna Jones, chairing proceedings, disagreed and wanted to reach a conclusion.

She said: ‘I am deeply, deeply disappointed.

‘We have got all the tools in the box now, it’s come to this hearing today and yet my two colleagues have agreed to delay things.’

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