Government let me down over Hancock complaints – victim

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THE woman who Mike Hancock pursued an ‘inappropriate friendship’ with has attacked senior members of government for not backing her from the beginning.

David Cameron and Theresa May came out in support of the vulnerable female constituent last week after Mr Hancock, the Portsmouth South MP, apologised for his actions against her.

But the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has letters from government dating from 2011 that dismiss her claims into Mr Hancock’s behaviour and advise her to find support elsewhere.

Home secretary Ms May’s office told her there was nothing she could do and said to pass on the concerns to the Liberal Democrat party – which Mr Hancock was an member of until his suspension earlier this year.

His victim – who has mental health problems – says she did not get a reply to letters of help she sent the Prime Minister and Labour national leader Ed Miliband.

She said: ‘It angers me. It’s disgusting that no-one listened to me all those years ago.

‘It’s a bit too late for them to jump on the bandwagon as I have been tormented for all of these years.

‘I’m angry that some never even bothered to reply to me.

‘The system of dealing with people with mental health problems needs changing. It’s terrible.’

The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards also said in 2011 it was ‘beyond the commissioner’s remit’ to investigate an individual case against an MP.

The woman even wrote to the Queen after the police dropped their investigation into Mr Hancock’s behaviour in 2010, but was advised by Her Majesty’s office to take up her complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Meanwhile, Lib Dem leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson has admitted he thought text messages which Mr Hancock had sent the woman in the past were ‘unprofessional’.

But Cllr Vernon-Jackson, who was council leader when the woman’s claims came to light, said he stood by Mr Hancock given that he vigorously denied any wrongdoing.

He now admits he was wrong to stand by the MP following the apology he gave through the High Court.

As previously reported, the MP was suspended from the party after a report into his conduct by QC Nigel Pascoe was leaked.

An internal investigation is being held to determine whether his membership will be stripped completely.

Home Office admitted ‘it couldn’t be of assistance’

HOME Secretary Theresa May last week criticised MP Mike Hancock for his behaviour towards his victim.

She told The News during a visit to Portsmouth: ‘It’s a terrible case.

‘What I want to see is people of Portsmouth represented by a good hard-working MP – Flick Drummond.’

But the letter from the Home Office on behalf of Mrs May to the constituent in 2011 took a different view.

It came after Hampshire Constabulary dropped its investigation into Mr Hancock, who is still being treated for ill health at The Priory Hospital in Southampton.

The letter said: ‘It is the responsibility of the police to decide whether there are sufficient grounds to launch a criminal investigation, and that of the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether to prosecute those alleged to be responsible.

It adds: ‘You may wish to write to the Liberal Democrats to outline your concerns.

‘I regret I am unable to be of further assistance.’

The victim’s letter from a representative for the Queen said: ‘The Queen’s position as constitutional Sovereign precludes her from intervening in matters such as this.

‘I’m sorry to send you a disappointing reply.’

The woman said she intends to become an ambassador for vulnerable people in order to help them get through their difficulties.