Disgraced Portsmouth South MP Hancock quits the Lib Dems

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PORTSMOUTH South MP Mike Hancock has quit the Lib Dems, reports suggest.

It has emerged that the veteran politician has left the party before any disciplinary action was taken against him.

The MP and former councillor was suspended from the party earlier this year over his conduct towards a female constituent.

She had approached him for help but then said he behaved inappropriately towards her.

Mr Hancock denied the accusations until the victim, who had previously gone to the police but had not seen her complaint pursued, brought a civil case.

He then apologised for inappropriate behaviour and settled out of court.

After he was suspended from the party earlier this year he became an independent MP and councillor, but he lost his Fratton council seat in the local elections in May.

Mr Clegg said in June, after Mr Hancock had apologised to the victim, that he should step down, and that he had no future in the party.

A disciplinary meeting was due to be held but no date had been set.

Mr Hancock has spent much of this year being treated for ill health.