EXCLUSIVE: Hancock Legal Costs Set to Double.

TBG can exclusively reveal that the legal costs for the Mike Hancock investigation at Portsmouth City Council are set to double.

tbg understands from a close source in the city that the costs of hiring an expensive Q.C. will now setback Portsmouth Council Taxpayers £50,000.

Hancock and an unnamed woman who is suing the Portsmouth South MP in the High Court have both instructed their solicitors to engage their own QC's and are charging Portsmouth City Council for any questions asked by an investigating Q.C.

One former Lib Dem tonight told tbg:

"This really does make the mind boggle. Hancock has already stepped down from the parliamentary Liberal Democrat Party over this matter."

"Why doesn't he do the same as a councillor? This would save our taxpayers a considerable sum and would give him a better chance of proving himself in the High Court."

Even though the police and C.P.S. dismissed an original investigation into Hancock the matter is far from over, and tbg understands that a similar case against Hancock could also be on the cards after details were passed to a television news network recently.