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LIBERAL Democrat leader Nick Clegg said his office never received an initial letter complaining about the allegedly inappropriate sexual behaviour by MP Mike Hancock.

Harriet Wistrich represents the female mentally-ill Portsmouth constituent.

Ms Wistrich said she wrote to the party in October 2011, after her client didn’t get a reply from an email and two letters sent earlier that year.

The constituent alleges Mr Hancock, MP for Portsmouth South, sent her inappropriate text messages and made unwanted sexual advances.

It came after she approached him with a neighbourhood dispute in 2009.

In a radio interview, Mr Clegg said: ‘My office never received one of the letters from the complainant’s solicitors.

‘We did receive a letter in February of this year.

‘You’ll be aware, I hope, because I think it’s only fair to point this out, that the police have looked into this matter before, and have dismissed it.’

As previously reported, Portsmouth City Council is to launch an investigation into the conduct of Mr Hancock, who also serves as a councillor, into the historic allegation, which he denies.