Hancock's Not a Happy Man.



Mike Hancock was not a happy man last night.

One report sent to tbg says that the Portsmouth South MP went mad when he asked to meet the official investigator into the allegations about him and was refused access.

tbg tried to contact the Leader of Portsmouth City Council Gerald Vernon Jackson for a comment last night but got no response.

This therefore leads us to assume that he is still backing Mike Hancock even though its a huge gamble that could easily cost him his job too.

Nevertheless, tbg did get a statement from Hancock's Office last night which said:

"Mike Hancock notes that Portsmouth City Council's standards sub-committee has decided that the standard complaint against him should go on to a hearings sub-committee."

"Our understanding is that the role of the sub-committee is only a forwarding one for it to go on to the next sub-committee."

"Mike has not seen the report and it is confidential."

"He asked to meet the independent investigator and this was denied him despite him raising the refusal with the city council's solicitor."


tbg has also learned that Gerald Vernon Jackson's Inbox is today bulging with people calling on him to suspend Fratton Liberal Democrats Councillor Mike Hancock.

Rumour even has it that such is the intense pressure surrounding the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, he has even called time on his party's conference in Glasgow, and is missing Nick Clegg's speech in order to carry out a cleaning up exercise.

Speaking in today's Portsmouth News, tbg's very own Geoff Brooking was one of the first people to call on Gerald to kick Mike Hancock out of the Liberal Democrats and strip him of his portfolio.

With rumours widespread in the city of this whole story fast turning into a huge political scandal.

Former South-East Area Conservative Party Officer Jim Fleming says on Facebook that a Portsmouth Council Officer is reported as saying, "The evidence is so damning that questions will be asked shortly about how the CPS could ever have dropped this case", whilst local Tory Councillor Neil Young says that - "There are a lot of questions about the evidence that was put forward to the CPS."

As reported yesterday, such is the seriousness of the scandal, the BBC's Panorama as well as Channel 4's Dispatches programme are set to investigate the matter even further.

Which begs the question once again; Is there a By-Election back on the cards?