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Nick Clegg has called on disgraced Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock to resign from the party after his apology for inappropriate conduct toward a female constituent.
Speaking on his weekly LBC radio phone-in, Mr Clegg said the Portsmouth South MP should resign from the party having already had the whip removed and his membership suspended.
The Deputy Prime Minister said: "He has made an apology that makes it clear that the way he behaved was totally and utterly out of order - as he himself has said - and crossed a line with a vulnerable constituent.
"He has caused huge, huge distress. Frankly, that has no role in the Liberal Democrats - the party I lead. He has no future in the party. He should resign."
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:
For four years Mike Hancock has fought and denied claims made by a female constituent who alleged claims of sexual assault against the Portsmouth MP.
ITV News Political Correspondent Emily Morgan asked the woman at the centre of the case how she reacted to Mr Hancock's apology today, which came after the 68-year-old settled the case out of court.
The unnamed woman criticised councillors in Portsmouth and senior Liberal Democrats for not taking her claim seriously when she made them in 2010.
The vulnerable woman who MP Mike Hancock has today apologised for having an "inappropriate" relationship with tried to complain about him through the police, the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, the Liberal Democrat Party and Portsmouth City Council, her solicitors said.
She was "blocked from achieving a remedy at each stage", said her lawyer Harriet Wistrich. She added:
ITV News Westminster producer Adam Smith has tweeted:
A disciplinary investigation into MP Mike Hancock, which was put on hold pending the outcome of today's civil case, will now be re-started, a Liberal Democrat spokesman has said.
His membership of the party has already been suspended.
MP Mike Hancock has apologised for giving the impression that one of his constituents had sued him in order to try to make financial gain.
The Portsmouth MP had issued statements on his website saying that his constituent had been trying to "sue me for money", but has now acknowledged this was not the case.
He also apologised for not doing more to resolve the dispute with the woman more quickly.
MP Mike Hancock has issued a lengthy apology to the woman who alleged that he sexually assaulted her, acknowledging that his behaviour had been "inappropriate and unprofessional".
The apology forms part of a settlement agreement after the constituent, who has remained anonymous, brought a civil case against Mr Hancock.
MP Mike Hancock has reached a settlement with a constituent who accused him of sexual assault.
Independent MP Mr Hancock has repeatedly denied the allegations and the settlement relates to a civil action brought by the woman, who has remained anonymous.
ITV News Westminster producer Adam Smith has tweeted.
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The MP, who was suspended from the Liberal Democrat party in January, issued the apology today as part of a High Court settlement.