A solicitor representing a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Liberal Democrat councillor and MP Mike Hancock has told ITV News that the party has dealt with the matter "appallingly".
Solicitor Harriet Wistrich said she thinks Mr Hancock should have been suspended three years ago, when the allegations were first made.
The Liberal Democrats suspended his party membership today after receiving a report into the allegations commissioned by Portsmouth City Council.
The council said it had decided not to make the report public pending a civil case against Mr Hancock, but it was reportedly leaked to the press today.
Mr Hancock, who denies the allegations, temporarily stood down from the parliamentary party in June but was still a Lib Dem member and councillor.
A police investigation into the claims last year concluded that no further action should be taken.
MP Mike Hancock has been suspended from the Lib Dems after the party saw a report into claims of sexual misconduct. He denies the claims.
ITV News has seen an email in which Mike Hancock's office responded to his accuser, saying the claims against the MP were "not fair."
The Liberal Democrats have suspended the membership of Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock following a report on alleged sexual impropriety.