Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Police quiz MP Mike Hancock over woman's claim

Mike Hancock
Image caption Mike Hancock MP denies the claims

A Liberal Democrat MP has been questioned by police after allegations of improper conduct towards a female constituent.

Mike Hancock, MP for Portsmouth South, said he had gone voluntarily to the police station.

In a statement on his website, he says he "cooperated fully and answered all questions that were asked".

The move comes as Parliamentary Standards Commissioner John Lyon also received a complaint about the MP.

Mr Hancock has denied any wrongdoing and insists he only offered "help and support" to the 36-year-old woman.

On his website, Mr Hancock states: "I can confirm that I was questioned on Tuesday 12 October by officers of the Hampshire Police in relation to allegations against me by one individual. I attended the police station voluntarily, co-operated fully and answered all the questions that were asked.

'Respect my privacy'

"Normal processes now have to be followed by the police, which I entirely understand.

"In the circumstances, and in accordance with legal advice, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment on this subject as to do so could prejudice due process.

"I hope that everyone will understand my position, respect my privacy and that of my family and will demonstrate the same respect for the legal process.

"I intend to carry on normally with my work as a Portsmouth member of parliament and councillor, both in Hampshire and in Westminster, and to represent fully all my constituents as I have always done."

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