Lib Dems rejected MP accuser's sex misconduct claims in 2012

The Lib Dems decided not to investigate further the claims of sexual misconduct made by a woman about MP Mike Hancock in 2012, according to correspondence seen by ITV News. He was suspended by the party after receiving a report into the allegations.

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Report contains texts allegedly sent by Mike Hancock

The report produced by Nigel Pascoe QC includes details of text messages allegedly sent by Mike Hancock to the complainant.

The messages are reproduced by ITV News below:

ITV News reconstruction showing text messages allegedly sent by Mike Hancock to the complainant Credit: ITV News

Mr Hancock has always denied the accusations and said through a spokesman today that he had not yet given evidence to Mr Pascoe and that his report was therefore likely to be "one-sided".

Alleged victim gave 'compelling prima facie evidence'

A report commissioned by Portsmouth City Council in the wake of allegations against Mike Hancock has said that the complainant provided "compelling prima facie evidence of serious and unwelcome sexual behaviour".

The report author, Nigel Pascoe QC, also wrote:

I consider that the prima facie evidence of his unwelcome sexual approaches remains unquestionably a very serious matter in the light of the position which he holds and his knowledge from the beginning of the vulnerability of [the complainant].

No one in public life should allow themselves to act in such an irresponsible and damaging way.

– Report by Nigel Pascoe QC

Portsmouth City Council has decided not to make the report public until legal proceedings are concluded, but it was leaked to the press today.


Hancock's 'victim': Lib Dems not taking claims seriously

A woman who accuses Mike Hancock of sexual assault has spoken to ITV News' Romilly Weeks about how she feels the Liberal Democrats are not taking her allegations seriously.

Mr Hancock denies the allegations and has said, via a spokesman, that it would not be appropriate to "give a running commentary" while legal proceedings are on-going.

Portsmouth City Council: Hancock investigation on hold

A solicitor for Portsmouth City Council has said that an internal process to decide whether to take action against Mike Hancock has been put on hold pending legal proceedings in the High Court.

A code-of-conduct complaint against Cllr Hancock is going through the council's internal process. The process is not yet complete, and the allegations in the report remain allegations ...

After legal advice, the council sub-committee running the investigation decided it could be unsafe to deal with the complaint using our internal process when the same allegations were due to be tested in the High Court.

It has therefore postponed the process until the High Court action is concluded.

– Michael Lawther, solicitor for Portsmouth City Council

Hancock spokesman: Police found no case to answer

A spokesman for Mike Hancock said today: "These matters have twice been looked at by the police, first in 2010, and in conjunction with the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service], they have found that there is no case for Mr Hancock to answer and have taken no further action."

He added: "As this is an on-going legal case, it [is] not appropriate for Mike to give a running commentary."

Read the full statement on Mike Hancock's website

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