Anger in Portsmouth South after Mike Hancock admission

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VOTERS in the city have been outraged by the latest revelation in the long-running Mike Hancock saga.

Portsmouth South constituents that The News spoke to were unhappy that Mr Hancock had taken until yesterday to apologise.

Grant Clarke, 25, of Heidelberg Road, Southsea, said: ‘I’m shocked that it’s taken quite a long time and taxpayer money for him to come out and apologise.

‘He should’ve said it from the start. It’s hard on someone that’s been going through a lot of emotional turmoil.’

Drew Simmons, 22, of Southsea, added: ‘I thinks it’s terrible that he’s still in office as an MP.

‘It’s disgusting that it’s been going on for so long.’

Alex Vince, 23, of Pains Road, Southsea, added: ‘The steady momentum that this story has had over the last few months suggested there was something substantial to the claims.

‘If it was entirely frivolous I don’t think Hancock would have faced the outcry he did.

‘If there is evidence that he used his power as an MP, that must be investigated. But he should not lose his seat unless convicted of a crime.’