Countdown to General Election – Mike Hancock still ‘making up his mind’ about standing in Portsmouth South

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PORTSMOUTH South MP Mike Hancock has said he remains undecided on whether he will stand in May’s General Election.

As the 100-day countdown to the election approaches, the 68-year-old told The News he had not made a decision on whether to stand for the constituency as an independent.

He revealed last September to The News that he was still making up his mind on whether to contest the seat he has held since 1997.

Four months on he is still not sure of his plan.

He told The News: ‘I have not made up my mind.’

Mr Hancock said he would be making his announcement ‘in the near future’, but would not comment on the factors that will clinch the decision for him.

Mr Hancock, a once long-serving councillor, stood as an independent candidate in last year’s city council elections and lost his seat in Fratton ward to Ukip candidate Julie Swan.
Lastyear he revealed in The News he was eyeing up a return to Portsmouth City Council at this year’s local elections, citing that his ‘heart’ was still in Fratton.

Mr Hancock resigned from the Liberal Democrats last September.