MP Mike Hancock makes settlement with constituent

MP Mike Hancock has issued a lengthy apology to the woman who alleged that he sexually assaulted her.

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Lib Dems: Disciplinary probe into Hancock to re-start

MP Mike Hancock has settled with a female constituent over allegations of sexual assault. Credit: PA

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.

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Mike Hancock: Constituent action 'not for financial gain'

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.

I accept that you did not bring the claim for financial gain and any statements make to the contrary were wrong. I also acknowledge that you have fought for many years to hold me to account, and that this should been resolved far sooner. I my self would have wished for it to be resolved far earlier and I am sorry that it wasn't."

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MP Mike Hancock admits 'I crossed the line'

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.

In October 2009 you first came to me as a constituent to seek my assistance as your MP and councillor. Subsequently and over several months I came to your home on several occasions, sometimes unannounced and conducted a friendship with you that was inappropriate and unprofessional.

I understand that you felt degraded. I did not treat you with sufficient respect. I made you feel deeply uncomfortable and discriminated against, and I crossed the line...

I can only apologise unreservedly to you for any distress, anger and worsening of your psychiatric condition that I caused.

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