Committee to Decide Future of Hancock.

The committee at Portsmouth City Council looking into the extravagances of local MP Mike Hancock will meet on August 15th to decide whether to proceed or put matters on hold until the conclusion of a High Court case.

Hancock is being sued in a civil action by a female constituent over allegations of sexual assault and has confirmed that even though he is the focus of attention, he will not be attending the meeting.

The Portsmouth South MP told the Portsmouth News:

"I have done everything the court has asked me to do."

"My barrister made it quite clear it would not be in my best interests to do this – so I requested it."

"I had hoped this would have been cleared away by now."

"It’s now up to members to make that decision."

One person unhappy with the decision is local Tory Luke Stubbs.

Luke told tbg:

"A decision was taken some months ago that there is a case to answer and it’s extraordinary to be talking of reversing it now."

"The civil action is not new and if that is the basis for his request then perhaps he should have made those points back in March."

"The taxpayer is paying for a QC to carry out this investigation so it would be a huge waste of money to start again."

"The enquiries should all be wrapped up and if there is a genuine legal reason why the case can’t be concluded now then the evidence and report could be kept secret until a later date."

"If Mike Hancock chooses not to co-operate and submit a defence, then that is a matter for him, but the case can still proceed without him."