Nick Clegg says Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock ‘no longer has future with Lib Dems’

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LIB DEM leader Nick Clegg has reiterated that disgraced MP Mike Hancock’s tenure with the party is all but finished.

Mr Clegg’s comments come while the Lib Dems investigate whether Mr Hancock should have his membership revoked for good after he admitted forging an ‘inappropriate friendship’ with a female constituent.

The veteran Portsmouth South MP is suspended from the party while a decision is being made.

In an interview with BBC Radio Solent this morning, Mr Clegg said: ‘I don’t think Mike Hancock has any future in the Liberal Democrats.’

Meanwhile, the findings of a review carried out into the Portsmouth Lib Dems and Lib Dem city council group is expected to be published imminently. Lib Dem members insist there has been no instances of bullying.

The review came after Councillor Eleanor Scott raised concerns about the culture within both organisations. Cllr Scott quit the Lib Dems on the day the review was launched as she did not think it would be thorough enough and not look closely at her concerns over the party’s handling of the Hancock affair.

But Mr Clegg insisted during his radio interview that the national party would ‘make sure people are properly held to account.’

Last month, the Lib Dem leader called for Mr Hancock to resign from the Lib Dems after he admitted his actions against his victim, who came to him for help over noisy neighbours in October 2009.