THE leader of the national Lib Dem party insists he acted as quickly as possible to deal with allegations surrounding Mike Hancock’s conduct.
Critics have questioned why it took Nick Clegg and his colleagues so long to suspend Cllr Hancock from the party while claims that he sexually assaulted a female constituent are still being dealt with.
As reported, the alleged victim is pursuing him through the High Court and Portsmouth City Council’s investigation has been put on hold until that process is finished.
Cllr Hancock is now an independent councillor and questions remain over whether he will stay in the council’s cabinet.
Mr Clegg said: ‘The first time specific allegations were put to me was when legal procedures were launched at the beginning of last year.
‘I was appalled by these allegations and that is why we want to see justice be done and that’s why the process through the courts should be dealt with as soon as possible.’
He said that once he knew about the situation, the party’s chief whip, Alistair Carmichael looked into the situation and it was then decided Cllr Hancock would no longer hold the parliamentary whip and become an independent MP.