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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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.