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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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Solicitor: Lib Dems have dealt with claims 'appallingly'

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".

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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.

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