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THE INVESTIGATION into Mike Hancock could be concluded in the next few weeks.

Portsmouth City Council has received QC Nigel Pascoe’s report into the Fratton councillor’s conduct.

This will now be considered by the governance and audit and standards sub-committee later this month. A date hasn’t yet been decided.

As previously reported, Cllr Hancock is facing a civil lawsuit over claims he sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman who had asked for his help. He has stepped down from the parliamentary Liberal Democrat party while a High Court action takes place, but he still holds his council cabinet position of head of planning, regeneration and economic development. If the report reveals there has been a breach in the council’s code of conduct, and the committee agrees with this, then a new committee would be formed to decide the ultimate outcome.

If it gets to this point then Mr Hancock would be given the opportunity to respond and question witnesses.

If the report reveals that Mr Hancock hasn’t done anything wrong and the committee agree, then that will be the end of the matter.