Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock won’t face Westminster probe

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PARLIAMENT will not investigate Mike Hancock over texts he sent to a vulnerable constituent.

Mr Hancock, Lib Dem MP for Portsmouth South, was alleged last Autumn to have indecently assaulted a woman, now 37, who had come to him with a complaint about noisy neighbours.

He admitted sending her dozens of text messages, including some reported to read: ‘Please give me a chance you never know my Princess xxx’, ‘… you are special and sexy to me xxx’ and ‘I think always of you and missing, big kiss xxx’

In October last year, he was arrested over the allegations of sexual assault, but the case was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in December, on the grounds of there being insufficient evidence to chase a conviction.

The matter was also reported to the Parliamentary Standards Committee, but as we reported at the time, the text messages were out of the body’s remit.

And John Lyon, the parliamentary commissioner for standards, has reconfirmed he can’t investigate the MP over the text messages.