Portsmouth South MP stands defiant

Mike Hancock MP watching the count at Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (111642-982)

Mike Hancock MP watching the count at Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (111642-982)

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PORTSMOUTH South MP Mike Hancock said the Lib Dems should harden their relationship with the Tories in the wake of the party’s bad night at the polls in other parts of the country.

Mr Hancock, pictured above at the Portsmouth count, said: ‘He (Prime Minister David Cameron) still needs our votes to get a majority in Parliament.

‘We have got to say that the price of our support is a bit harder than it has been up to now. Maybe he has had too easy a ride ... Maybe we have to twist his arm a bit harder.’

Mr Hancock said it was ‘not an option’ for Lib Dems to quit the coalition, but in a message to Mr Clegg he added: ‘We will have to pay the price for making some mistakes, and I hope that the leadership of the party will bear that in mind.’

Mr Hancock, who is also a Portsmouth city councillor, said they needed to concentrate on the NHS and housing problems. He added: ‘We have got to get our policies on the health service worked out properly.

‘We’ve also got to say loud and clear that we have got a huge housing problem in this country.

‘That’s the message that’s coming from the streets of Portsmouth.’

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