The Liberal Democrat group on Portsmouth City Council has said Cllr Mike Hancock will remain in their cabinet. Following a meeting of the group tonight, they released the following statement:
Councillor Mike Hancock no longer remains a member of the Portsmouth City Liberal Democrat Group because, having had his membership suspended by the party at national level, it is not possible for him to remain a member of the City Council group until the suspension is lifted.
The Group acknowledges that the suspension has been imposed before the issue to which suspension relates has been properly and fairly determined through due process in the courts."
The statement continued:
The Group decided that the Independent Councillor Mike Hancock should retain his seat on the Cabinet of the City Council. This was decided because Councillor Hancock is best placed to fulfil the role of Cabinet Member for planning, regeneration and economic development."