MP Mike Hancock faces sexual assault allegations at conduct hearing
Portsmouth South MP resigned the Liberal Democrat party whip in June to fight a High Court civil action
Tuesday 17 September 2013
An MP faces a local council standards hearing after an investigation found he had breached its code of conduct.
Mike Hancock resigned the Liberal Democrat party whip in June to fight a High Court civil action by a "vulnerable" constituent who accuses him of sexual assault after she contacted him for help.
The Portsmouth South MP - who is also a councillor in the south coast city - firmly denies the claims.
He will now appear before a standards sub-committee of the local authority after a council-commissioned report by Nigel Pascoe QC concluded there was a case to answer.
"Cllr Hancock and/or his legal advisers will have the opportunity to respond to the report, and question witnesses and the report's author," Donna Jones, the chair of the sub-committee that reviewed the report said.
"The hearings sub-committee will then make a final decision.
"It would not be appropriate to make a decision on publication of the report until the process is concluded."
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