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:
Vulnerable adults, including those with mental health problems, suffer huge hurdles in persuading the criminal justice system of their credibility.
I pay tribute to my client who has battled for justice for years and faced extraordinary hurdles.
It is outrageous that she was blocked from having her complaint investigated and resolved by so many of the regulatory systems that should have been available to her.
I hope that MPs will now consider this case and appreciate the need for the sort of regulation that already applies to most professions to be extended to these sort of relationships.