Hancock back holding advice centres in Portsmouth

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CITY MP Mike Hancock has said he is active again after a ‘severe bout of depression’.

The beleaguered independent Portsmouth South MP said it takes a lot to come back from the condition but he is now seeing constituents in advice centres.

‘When you’ve been through such a severe bout of depression and ill health it takes a lot to come back. (I will) make sure I do that properly,’ he told BBC Radio Solent.

‘I can assure people I’m seeing people at my advice centres this week.

‘I’ve had a couple of sessions before I went to hospital.

‘I will continue to do all I can for the people of Portsmouth South.’

When asked about whether or not he will stand next year in the general election, he said: ‘It will be a very hard-fought contest whoever the candidates are.

‘I’m not making any decision about my future until I know exactly how I stand as regards to my health.

‘I’ve nothing to say about Gerald Vernon-Jackson, when I do say it I will say it publicly at an appropriate time.’

He added he is back from holiday with his grandchildren and has not been contacted by the Liberal Democrat’s Regional Parties Committee, which is investigating a complaint.

As reported, Mr Hancock had the Lib Dem parliamentary whip withdrawn over claims he sexually assaulted a vulnerable constituent.

He has since admitted conducting an inappropriate relationship with the woman.