Portsmouth Lib Dems to seek new Parliamentary candidate

Mike Hancock
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MIKE Hancock hit out last night after the Lib-Dems decided to look for a new parliamentary candidate.

At a meeting last night the Portsmouth Liberal Democrats executive agreed it would do so and speak to the council group over its decision last week.

But Mr Hancock said: ‘I’ll make the decision whether I stand as an MP or not when I decide, not when people are trying to make a decision when they know it will be impossible for me to be involved in it.

‘I don’t think that it’s a very fair thing to do. I’d have thought they at least owed me that to wait for the civil case.’

Mr Hancock is suspended by the party and therefore cannot be selected.

The executive, chaired by Simon Dodd, said it is for the civil court to judge the allegations.

It also said it supports council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson in his position. Mr Dodd said the search for Portsmouth South and North candidates is ongoing. ‘We need to push ahead with selecting a candidate and to have the best Lib Dem candidate in place for Portsmouth,’ he said.

A party source told The News: ‘It’s the equivalent in the Lib Dems of de-selecting a sitting MP.’