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Clegg starts 'disciplinary procedures' against MP

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has started "disciplinary procedures" against a Liberal Democrat MP accused of sexual assault in a High Court civil action.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Credit: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

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.

MP to face 'disciplinary procedures'

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock Credit: Meridian

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He could face having the Lib Dem whip being withdrawn - in other words, being kicked out of the party.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.

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