– Liberal Democrat spokesperson
Following Mike Hancock's receipt of legal papers in a High Court civil action, Nick Clegg asked the Chief Whip to convene an urgent meeting under the disciplinary procedures of the parliamentary party between Nick Clegg, Simon Hughes, the Chief Whip and Mike Hancock.
This meeting will take place in Westminster on Monday afternoon. Mike Hancock strenuously denies the accusations.
We are not pre-judging the outcome of the case, but given the seriousness of the allegations, Nick Clegg has instructed the Chief Whip to invoke the disciplinary procedures of the party.
Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock will face a disciplinary hearing next week to determine whether he should lose the party whip over "very serious allegations" of sexual assault. He strenuously denies the accusations.