1. Meridian

MP resigns Lib Dem party whip

One of the South's MPs, Mike Hancock - who represents Portsmouth South - has resigned his party whip while he fights allegations of sexual assault. The politician denies the allegations.

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  1. Phil Hornby

Portsmouth Lib Dem MP Hancock now an independent

The people of Portsmouth South now have an independent MP. Mike Hancock resigned from the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party last night, after a special disciplinary hearing.

The MP said he was stepping down temporarily while he defended a High Court action against him. But as our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports, it is thought that Mr Hancock jumped - before he was pushed.

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