Clegg Piles Pressure on Hancock After Admission & Apology.



Nick Clegg last night vowed to make sure that Mike Hancock is kicked out of the Liberal Democrats once and for all.

After earlier calling upon Hancock to "resign" from the party on LBC by saying that his apology "makes it clear the way he behaved was totally out of order", the Liberal Democrats Leader upped the anti on last nights edition of BBC South Today.

Despite Clegg's comments however Liberal Democrats HQ are adamant that Hancock is still just "suspended".

A statement said - "The party leader is not involved in the disciplinary process."

With confidence in the party in Portsmouth plummeting it also emerged yesterday that Gerald Vernon Jackson (GVJ) will also apologise for his comments about the victim "being in it for the money."

GVJ told BBC Radio Solent "I got it wrong" and "I believed the assurances I was given", before also giving a hint that he was having second thoughts on applying to be PPC for Portsmouth South himself yet rebuffing calls for his resignation too.

This followed earlier pressure from Cllr Eleanor Scott who said Hancock should "have his membership revoked" and called for a "change of leadership" in the party on Portsmouth City Council after what she called "collective denial and poor decision making."

Two more figures are after Hancock’s head today.

UKIP Group Leader on Portsmouth City Council, Colin Galloway, said Hancock’s resignation would be a "logical course of action" whilst former Portsmouth North MP (1997-2005) Syd Rapson said in an open letter that Hancock had "damaged the reputation of the city".

The latest from Portsmouth is that in a quite unprecedented move its emerged today that the Portsmouth North Conservative MP, Penny Mordaunt, has drafted in the Portsmouth South Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Flick Drummond, to ease her workload.

Following the debacle of Mike Hancock which has been running here on TBG for ages Penny has had a 15% increase in work activity just because voters in the south of the city refuse to do business with him because of his conduct.

In an exclusive interview, Ms Mordaunt told TBG's roving reporter this morning - "The workload may well intensify if Mike doesn't choose to stand down. However, Flick Drummond and I are prepared for that. People have already been in touch with Flick about what she can do to help them."

Penny is now backing plans for a recall bill to sack their MP outside of elections should they do something wrong.

Tory PPC Flick Drummond also told TBG - "Its really important we work together. There are people who don't want to see someone who has been behaving unprofessionally to somebody else."

"We need to make sure people are properly represented and there is somewhere they can go for help. The sooner this situation is sorted the better."