Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has started "disciplinary procedures" against a Liberal Democrat MP accused of sexual assault in a High Court civil action.
Mike Hancock is being sued over alleged inappropriate conduct with a constituent after she contacted him for help in a neighbour dispute.
Mr Hancock, who vigorously denied the claims, was arrested by police over the allegations in 2010 but no action was taken as the Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence for a prosecution.
The Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock is to face disciplinary procedures, Lib Dem leader NIck Clegg announced tonight. It follows an investigation by party officials into allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Mr Hancock.
He could face having the Lib Dem whip being withdrawn - in other words, being kicked out of the party. But that would not necessarily trigger a by-election as he could continue as an independent MP. Mr Hancock has denied doing anything wrong.
A week after they were celebrating in Eastleigh, Liberal Democrats are gathering in Brighton for their spring party conference. But there won't be much time to enjoy their by-election victory. Their president says the situation is 'critical'.
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VIDEO: Nick Clegg has hit back at voters who say they feel betrayed by his record in the Government. Phil Hornby reports from the Lib Dem conference in Brighton.
Nick Clegg's been defending the Lib Dems' record in government at his party conference in Brighton. He says, after apologising for the tuition fee row, it's time to talk about Lib Dem policies in action.
Phil Hornby speaks to the Deputy Prime Minister and Sandra Gidley, former Liberal Democrat MP.
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The Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats speaks to Phil Hornby, our political correspondant, in Brighton for his party's annual conference.
The Lib Dems arrived in Brighton on Saturday in glorious sunshine. Day two of their conference, and the heavens opened.Read the full story ›