The Portsmouth South Lib Dem candidate, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, has told ITV News Meridian that he has conceded defeat and does not expect to win. The result has yet to be declared, but Conservatives are confident that they will win.
Now we have another profile of one of the key constituencies here in the south. The Constituency takes in many of the places the city is most famous for - including the Historic Dockyard, the Naval Base, Fratton Park, and Southsea seafront. Mike Hancock won the seat in 1997 as a Liberal Democrat and, in 2010, secured almost 19,000 votes, a majority of more than 5,000. The turnout was nearly 59 per cent. Mr Hancock is now an Independent.
Richard Jones reports from Portsmouth South.
A spokesperson for the Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock has said that the politician vigorously denies any wrongdoing as a councillor for Portsmouth City Council. The local authority earlier announced that it was carrying out an investigation after a complaint that he had breached a code of conduct.
The spokesperson for Mike Hancock MP said:
“There has been a code of conduct complaint against Mike Hancock in his role as a Portsmouth City Councillor, which has been considered by the council’s assessment committee.
“The committee’s role is to assess whether the person was a councillor at the time of the alleged breach of the code and not to investigate the complaint itself. There will now be an investigation under the auspices of the City Solicitor for the council.
“Mike Hancock vigorously denies that he has broken the code of conduct. The allegations have previously been investigated by the police but no further action was taken. Mike Hancock will co-operate fully with the investigations of the city council and does not feel it appropriate to comment further.
"In the meantime he is recovering from major heart surgery and will continue to serve his constituents as an MP and a councillor to best of his ability.”.
Portsmouth City Council are to investigate a complaint against the Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock. The full details have not been revealed yet. However, the city's solicitor Michael Lawther has issued a statement.