A HAMPSHIRE MP's former parliamentary aide accused of being a Russian spy, has won her battle to remain in the UK.

Katia Zatuliveter, 26, convinced the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) that she was not liaising with Russian spies while working for MP Mike Hancock, a member of the Defence Select Committee, with whom she had an affair.

Despite not being allowed to attend large parts of the Siac hearing - much of it held behind closed doors with evidence from security services spies - Zatuliveter convinced the panel she was not a danger to national security.

Mike Hancock is the Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South.