Tuesday, 26 March 2013
EXCLUSIVE: Portsmouth Tories say They're 'in a Mess' & UKIP 'Could win it' as Hancock Sleaze Investigation Launched.
As Guido Fawkes reports that a full investigation has been launched by Portsmouth Council into Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock regarding sex-texts complaints by a vulnerable female constituent - tbg can exclusively reveal that Portsmouth Tories are "in a mess", according to sources on the ground.
Unless the Lib Dems kick out their Pompey MP Hancock it may take some time for the investigation to run its course but tbg can reveal Lib Dems are split on a replacement in any by-election. Most Lib Dems apparently want Gerald Vernon Jackson to take over but Darren Sanders, who is the PPC for Portsmouth North, is said to be very ambitious.
Worryingly for the Conservatives is the emergence of UKIP, one local Tory source told tbg - "UKIP are at the ready and could win it."
Another source reveals that - "It would be a nightmare for Conservatives if Hancock was forced out now because we are in such a mess.
"They (Tory Association) are having trouble finding anyone to stand as council candidates, reselected the same candidate who lost in 2010 for 2015.
"In the other seat Penny Mordaunt has done brill but some of the association hate her I don't know why (she is the main reason I haven't already left, some of the people who hate her will jump ship to UKIP).
"It would be worse than Eastleigh if there was a by election, we would be lucky to come third. I know some of the people have been planning for a by election but most of us are in the dark about it."
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