You can’t hide those Nick Clegg eyes…
The LibDems are still pretending that they knew nothing of how serious the allegations against Hancock were until Wednesday afternoon. Despite Clegg previously admitting knowing about them almost a year ago. Now Guido has got hold of a letter sent by John Ferrett, the leader of the Labour group on Portsmouth council, to Nick Clegg in April 2013, describing the “growing disbelief amongst constituents that Mike Hancock MP maintains his office and continues to enjoy the full support of his party leadership.”
Perhaps this letter got lost in the post too…
…Mike Hancock’s son, Dean, is charged with assault causing actual bodily harm…
On Call Clegg last November, the LibDem leader admitted that his office did receive a detailed letter from the solicitors of Hancock’s victim outlining the allegations against him. Clegg let slip that:
“We did receive a letter in February this year… you’re right, we did receive a fuller letter from the complainant in February this year and I asked the chief whip to look into it.”
So why are the LibDems pretending they had no idea what Hancock was being accused of until yesterday afternoon? And why did it take them almost a year to act?
ITV News have reproduced the disturbing Hancock texts. Just as Guido did in 2010, but the LibDems are pretending Clegg missed that. That excuse does not hold water though.
The LibDems said yesterday that they had not seen the report about Mike Hancock, yet they were explicitly told about the evidence – including texts messages – that implicated the sleazy MP and Councillor in scandal. The evidence was always there and Hancock’s pervy ways have been well documented by this website. The LibDems, even when contacted, have had their head in the sand.This dossier containing all of the text messages that Hancock sent to a vulnerable constituent was presumably put at the bottom of a pile somewhere in LibDem HQ. Hancock even went on the stand and admitted fondling a teenage girl and still managed to keep the whip.The spy saga was just the tip of the sleaze-berg.
In Febuary 2013, Guido wrote “Read the Full Hancock Dossier Ignored By Nick“, and in June of last year Labour MP Thomas Docherty wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister directly, calling for Hancock to be suspended as a councillor:
Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP
Leader of the Liberal Democrats
House of Commons
19 June 2013
Mike Hancock MP
Mike Hancock MP has reportedly resigned from the Parliamentary Liberal Democrat Party rather than have the whip withdrawn, this means that he now sits as an Independent MP.
As you are aware he also represents the Fratton Ward of Portsmouth Council in which he has the remunerated position as an Executive Cabinet Member, which according to the Council website pays at least an additional £7,140 a year on top of his councilor allowances. According to his website and a press release issued today, Mr Hancock continues to describe himself as a Liberal Democrat MP. Furthermore as The News, Portsmouth, reported, he is continuing his tenure as the Council’s Executive Member for Economic Regeneration. This is a position that he holds only because the Lib Dem controlling group allow him to do so. As the Lib Dem Council Leader, Cllr Vernon-Jackson has said: ‘his role in the council does not change in any way – he remains as a member of the cabinet’.
I am sure that you agree with me that this position is untenable, inconsistent and neither liberal nor democratic. Furthermore it will seem to the public that the third Parliamentary party, the Liberal Democrats are giving the appearance of action being taken yet in practical terms allowing him to be both in the party and outside of the party simultaneously. Is this how a serious party in Government conducts itself and what are the public supposed to think?
As you will be aware, the Labour Group Leader of Portsmouth Council, Cllr John Ferrett wrote to you in May calling for Mr Hancock to be suspended from the Cabinet and yet Mr Hancock continues to hold this important position in a Lib Dem administration.
Will you now instruct the local council group to remove their support from him and take action by suspending him from the Cabinet?
I would be grateful for your early response.
Thomas Docherty MP
Dunfermline and West Fife
He received no reply, and it took six further months for the LibDems to be forced into action. Yet another cover up…
Wow – photographer outside Hancock's house gets thumped. Police called.—
Romilly Weeks (@romillyweeks) January 23, 2014
UPDATE: Hancock’s son has been arrested.
Mike Hancock's adult son taken away by police after attacking photographer outside the family home—
Romilly Weeks (@romillyweeks) January 23, 2014
“The Liberal Democrats have this afternoon, for the first time, had sight of a Portsmouth City Council report by Nigel Pascoe QC into allegations of sexual impropriety by Mike Hancock. Mike Hancock resigned as a Liberal Democrat MP last year in order to contest allegations of sexual impropriety in a High Court civil action. Given Nigel Pascoe QC’s conclusions in his report, we have immediately suspended Mike Hancock’s membership of the party.”
Lies, damn lies and LibDems…
Following Guido’s story this morning, it is being reported down in Portsmouth that:
Another LibDem perv bites the dust. But why has it taken this long, Nick?
Lib Dem press office "I can't tell you at the moment" when asked if Hancock has been suspended. This is going well for them.—
Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) January 22, 2014
The LibDems have been trying to squash the Mike Hancock scandal for years. The accusation that he took advantage of disabled constituent is far more serious than anything said about Rennard. The transparency-loving LibDems yesterday blocked an attempt to release the damning report into the sleazy Portsmouth MP. So in the interest of openness, here it is:
Once again, the LibDems have to be forced into confronting sexual harassment of women by their pervy politicians…
UPDATE: Some of the allegations against Hancock:
The unpublished independent report into Mike Hancock…
“I consider that the prima facie evidence of his unwelcome sexual approaches remains unquestionably a very serious matter in the light of the position which he holds and his knowledge from the beginning of the vulnerability of [the alleged victim]… No one in public life should allow themselves to act in such an irresponsible and damaging way.”
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