The son of MP Mike Hancock is to stand trial today accused of assaulting a press photographer.

Dean Hancock, 37, is to appear at Fareham Magistrates' Court to face the charge of assault causing actual bodily harm in connection with the incident involving Steve Reigate of the Daily Express.

The alleged fracas happened outside the family home in Rockingham Way, Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire, on January 23.

At an earlier hearing, Hancock entered a plea of not guilty and elected for the trial to be held at the same court rather than by a jury at a Crown Court.

The defendant's father is being sued in the High Court by a ''vulnerable'' female constituent who alleges that the MP for Portsmouth South sexually assaulted her.

The 68-year-old, who has been suspended from the Liberal Democrat Party until the outcome of the civil case, denies the allegations.