Nick Clegg says Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock will be expelled from the party

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock will be expelled from the Lib Dems according to Nick Clegg

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock will be expelled from the Lib Dems according to Nick Clegg

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A HAMPSHIRE MP will be expelled from the Liberal Democrats, according to the party leader.

Nick Clegg said Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock had “no future” in the party and would be kicked out, one day after Mr Hancock issued a public apology to a vulnerable woman constituent for making inappropriate sexual advances towards her after she came to him for help.

Mr Clegg added: “I think it's very, very, very clear to me that he has no future as a member of the Liberal Democrats either, because he's apologised for causing immense distress to a vulnerable and innocent constituent of his."

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Nick Clegg said Mr Hancock had "no future" in the party

It came hours after the Deputy Prime Minister called on Mr Hancock to resign.

The former Lib Dem whip’s party membership had already been suspended before Mr Clegg said he should leave the party altogether.

Mr Clegg was forced to defend his failure to act sooner after the woman - known only as "Annie" - who suffers from mental health problems complained that the Lib Dem leader "turned a blind" after she contacted his office asking the party to investigate.

Mr Clegg acknowledged that a letter had been sent to Lib Dem headquarters in 2011, but said it had never been brought to his attention.

He said the party had taken no action at that time as Hampshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, which had both looked into the matter, had decided there was no basis on which to proceed.

"She is quite right to say back in 2011 something was sent to my office. It didn't reach me," he said.

"When I was given specific allegations early in 2013, I responded as promptly as anyone could reasonably that I should and Mike Hancock was suspended as an MP for the party."

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9:56pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Huey says...

Well all lib dems will be expelled from parliament in the next election so who gives a fig...
Well all lib dems will be expelled from parliament in the next election so who gives a fig... Huey
  • Score: 9

10:09pm Thu 19 Jun 14

SotonGreen says...

Anyone believe Clegg ? The king of liars spews forth another lie. It isn't credible the accusation didn't reach him. It was common knowledge amongst the local political scene and amongst journalists way before 2013
Anyone believe Clegg ? The king of liars spews forth another lie. It isn't credible the accusation didn't reach him. It was common knowledge amongst the local political scene and amongst journalists way before 2013 SotonGreen
  • Score: 10

5:36am Fri 20 Jun 14

Orwell's Ghost says...

Covering up sexual abuse whilst preaching politically correct dogma is nothing new for this bunch of hypocrites. Their mantra is "Do as I say, not do as I do".
Covering up sexual abuse whilst preaching politically correct dogma is nothing new for this bunch of hypocrites. Their mantra is "Do as I say, not do as I do". Orwell's Ghost
  • Score: 5

5:43am Fri 20 Jun 14

skeptik says...

Clegg - always had a tad of admiration for a party that stuck to it's principals and over many years slowly but surely built up a loyal following. Many of the things we enjoy today - pensions, health care, factories acts and much more were originally liberal policies enacted in 1908/1911. Recent decades of hard work - all destroyed on the alter of this mans ego. His desire for a status that he would have been denied on ability overruled his thinking - he should have stood firmly by his party - it may well be in a better position than it is now.
Clegg - always had a tad of admiration for a party that stuck to it's principals and over many years slowly but surely built up a loyal following. Many of the things we enjoy today - pensions, health care, factories acts and much more were originally liberal policies enacted in 1908/1911. Recent decades of hard work - all destroyed on the alter of this mans ego. His desire for a status that he would have been denied on ability overruled his thinking - he should have stood firmly by his party - it may well be in a better position than it is now. skeptik
  • Score: 2

8:10am Fri 20 Jun 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

I really think that Mike Hancock should stand down as MP for Portsmouth & Southsea and a by election held in the vacant seat. Although I think that UKIP might relish an opportunity to win this Parliamentary seat, they ought first to be leading by example by ensuring that their new MEP for the South, Ray Finch, resigns his Havant Hampshire County Council seat - if he can afford the dual loss in income.
I really think that Mike Hancock should stand down as MP for Portsmouth & Southsea and a by election held in the vacant seat. Although I think that UKIP might relish an opportunity to win this Parliamentary seat, they ought first to be leading by example by ensuring that their new MEP for the South, Ray Finch, resigns his Havant Hampshire County Council seat - if he can afford the dual loss in income. FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 5

9:03am Fri 20 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Hancock himself should do the decent thing and resign his position and call it a day in politics.
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He will never be trusted again and would only make himself look a bigger fool should he attempt to stand in future as an Independent.
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His parliamentary seat should be put up for a by-election and he should disgracefully walk away never to return as a public figure.
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His actions have been quite disgusting and vile
Hancock himself should do the decent thing and resign his position and call it a day in politics. . He will never be trusted again and would only make himself look a bigger fool should he attempt to stand in future as an Independent. . His parliamentary seat should be put up for a by-election and he should disgracefully walk away never to return as a public figure. . His actions have been quite disgusting and vile Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Fri 20 Jun 14

huckit P says...

How the man is still in any political party is amazing. And even more amazing is that he still retains his job as an MP. It is an utter disgrace and shows just how out of touch with public opinion ALL politicians are.
How the man is still in any political party is amazing. And even more amazing is that he still retains his job as an MP. It is an utter disgrace and shows just how out of touch with public opinion ALL politicians are. huckit P
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

Worzell gummage won't step down because if you are a sitting mp with less than a year to go before the next election I think you get some sort of pay out
Ludicrous
Worzell gummage won't step down because if you are a sitting mp with less than a year to go before the next election I think you get some sort of pay out Ludicrous bullsbags
  • Score: 0

5:54pm Fri 20 Jun 14

djbon87 says...

such an ugly old man
such an ugly old man djbon87
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