MP Penny Mordaunt admits her workload would ‘intensify’ if Mike Hancock decides not to quit as a parliamentary representative.
Ms Mordaunt, who represents Portsmouth North, has therefore drafted in Flick Drummond, the Tory parliamentary candidate for the South, to help keep up with enquiries.
It comes as The News revealed Ms Mordaunt’s workload soared by 15 per cent because constituents in the south, which Mr Hancock represents, are refusing to see him because of his conduct.
He is also being treated at The Priory Hospital, in Southampton, for depression and complications arising from a heart operation.
Ms Mordaunt said: ‘The workload may well intensify if Mike doesn’t choose to stand down, but Flick and I are prepared for that. People have already been in touch with her about what she can do to help them.’
Ms Mordaunt said Ms Drummond wouldn’t be breaking parliamentary rules by helping her, but wouldn’t be allowed to stand and speak in parliament as she isn’t an elected member.
Ms Mordaunt insisted it wasn’t her place to say whether Mr Hancock should quit as an MP – and said it would be down to voters to put pressure on him to do so.
She reiterated that the government is seeking to put measures in place that give voters the power to sack their local MP outside of elections should they do something wrong.
Ms Drummond: ‘It’s really important we work together as there are people who don’t want to see someone who has been behaving unprofessionally to somebody else.
‘We need to make sure people are properly represented and there is somewhere they can go to for help.
‘I have got links with Portsmouth City Council so I am able to point people in the right direction.
‘The sooner this situation is sorted the better so we can move on.’