Victim criticises MP’s bid to win council seat

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, from the Liberal Democrats.

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THE woman subjected to the advances of Mike Hancock has criticised the veteran MP for wanting to make a return to Portsmouth City Council.

Mr Hancock has decided to run for the seat that is up for grabs in Fratton at the city’s local elections on May 7.

But it was during his time as a councillor that Mr Hancock formed an ‘inappropriate friendship’ with a vulnerable female constituent.

She had turned to him for help over an issue with noisy neighbours in 2009.

The woman, who has already hit out at Mr Hancock wanting to defend his position as MP for Portsmouth South, told The News: ‘Everyone seems to forget what happened.

‘If he wins then I can’t turn to anybody. I’m devastated.

‘I would urge the people of Portsmouth not to vote for this man.

‘It’s one thing Mr Hancock being an MP, and then another being an MP and a councillor again.’

Portsmouth City Council carried out an investigation into Mr Hancock’s behaviour before it was dropped after he lost his seat in Fratton to Ukip’s Julie Swan last May.

Mr Hancock is going head-to-head with former friend Lib Dem candidate Gerald Vernon-Jackson at the general election.

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