Calls made for Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock’s future to be sorted out

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CALLS have been made for MP Mike Hancock’s future in the Lib Dems to be cleared up for good after issues were resolved with another party member.

Lord Rennard’s suspension from the Lib Dems was lifted after a committee decided not to haul him before a disciplinary hearing.

It comes after the party’s former chief executive refused to apologise immediately over sexual harassment claims, before then doing so in May.

Now critics say the saga surrounding Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock – who was suspended from the party earlier this year over his conduct towards a female constituent – should be sorted out.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, deputy leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘It appears Mike Hancock has been airbrushed out of history. The Lib Dems really need to take a view on this now, they have got all the information they are going to get.’

Disciplinary procedures against the Portsmouth South MP were put on hold following his suspension until the outcome of a civil case lodged against him by the woman.

Mr Hancock apologised out of court for his actionsso it is now down to the party’s regional parties committee to decide what to do.

Lib Dem national leader Nick Clegg has already stated Mr Hancock has no future left in the party.

Meanwhile, Cllr Eleanor Scott, who quit the Lib Dems over concerns she had with members, has received a letter from party president Tim Farron following the lifting of Lord Rennard’s suspension.

It says issues within the party are taken seriously and no-one should ever feel their complaints are ‘dismissed’ or ‘ignored.’

Cllr Scott has hit back saying no action has yet been taken against issues she brought up in March.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, city Lib Dem leader, said it was down to national colleagues to comment.

Mr Hancock is currently an independent MP and lost his seat on the council in May.