Mike Hancock quits Portsmouth City Council cabinet position

Cllr Mike Hancock
Cllr Mike Hancock
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Portsmouth City Councillor Mike Hancock has quit his cabinet position in the Lib-Dem led authority.

It means Cllr Hancock, who represents the Fratton ward until May 2014, has relinquished his position as Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development.

It comes hours before a meeting this evening that was due to see the Lib-Dem group on the council vote again on whether independent Councillor Mike Hancock should keep his position.

A spokesman for Cllr Mike Hancock said: ‘Cllr Mike Hancock has today tendered his resignation as City Council Cabinet member for Regeneration and Development to the leader of the council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson which he has accepted.

‘Cllr Vernon-Jackson praised Mike’s achievements as Cabinet member as seeing significant regeneration of the city and development of the council owned commercial port.

‘Mike Hancock continues as a councillor and MP and has pledged to continue to work hard for his constituents.’

A meeting on January 24 had seen the group in a 10-10 vote deadlock but Cllr Hancock kept his regeneration and economic development job.

As reported, Cllr Eleanor Scott resigned her cabinet job in the wake of the decision.

Tonight’s meeting will now decide who will take up the two vacancies.

The News understands Cllr Hancock will still be able to attend group meetings but without voting rights.

And a meeting of the Portsmouth Lib-Dem exec agreed last night not to put up a candidate against Cllr Hancock in Fratton ward at May’s local elections.

The meeting saw seven vote for the motion, one against and one person abstained.