Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock must go for good of city, says Theresa May

Home Secretary Teresa May. Picture: David Jones/PA Wire
Home Secretary Teresa May. Picture: David Jones/PA Wire
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SENIOR politicians at the highest level of government have criticised Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock.

Home secretary Theresa May yesterday told The News people in the constituency need a hard-working MP.

She said: ‘It’s a terrible case. What I want to see is people of Portsmouth represented by a good hard-working MP – Flick Drummond.

‘It’s a pretty awful case. It’s up to him whether he resigns.’

It comes as Mr Hancock apologised for forging an inappropriate relationship with a female constituent and turning up at her home unannounced on occasions.

He was due to face a civil court battle but apologised to the constituent in an out-of-court agreement this week.

Mr Hancock had previously denied any wrongdoing.

His apology does not say he is guilty of sexual assault and the constituent agreed not to pursue that further.

The Home Secretary’s comments as Prime Minister David Cameron also spoke on the saga yesterday.

‘It’s not for me to say when people should resign and should do this and should do the other, but I think Portsmouth deserves good representation in parliament,’ he told the BBC.

‘I know that Flick is ready to stand forward whenever he stands down, whether that’s now or at the election.’

As reported, Syd Rapson, former Portsmouth North MP and Mr Hancock’s friend, called on him to step down.

Ms Drummond, the Tory candidate in Portsmouth South, said she would be handling some casework from people in the constituency who had turned to Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt.

She said: ‘I’d love a by-election. Portsmouth needs a strong person representing them. It’s an absolutely crucial time for Portsmouth.

‘We’ve got to make sure the investment coming is right.’

Local leaders across the political spectrum have called for Mr Hancock to step down.

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader, said he would expel the MP from the party.