“Handycock” Faces Probing

Guido understands that official complaints have gone in against LibDem letch Mike Hancock MP. Portsmouth co-conspirators are talking openly locally about their “sex pest MP”. As regular readers will know, during the election Hancock got an injunction to stop his opponent Les Cummings from printing leaflets in which he made serious allegations of sexual misbehaviour against the MP. Given Hancock discontinued his action last week and ended up paying costs, there are those that are expecting this story to go nuclear imminently as Cummings returns to his keyboard…

This month has seen allegations that Hancock attempted to seduce a mentally ill constituent, wining and dining her in the Commons and bombarding her with gifts and racy text messages. Guido understands that Hancock has this morning been  reported to the local authority by horrified fellow councillors, and to the Parliamentary Standard’s Commissioner by fellow MPs. The gist of the complaint seems to be:

“Failing to treat people with respect and conducting himself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing his office or his authority into disrepute and using his position as a member to improperly secure for himself, or any other person, an advantage.”

Guido understands the texts messages are hugely humiliating for the Honourable Member and could be set to emerge in full this weekend…

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Breaking : A judge has this evening  found for Les Cumming, who was injuncted by the controversial LibDem MP Mike Hancock, after making allegations of sexual impropriety against “Handycock”. The judge struck out Hancock’s claim completely, criticising his legal team in no uncertain terms. Hancock was also ordered to pay £5,000 legal costs. More to follow…

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“Lib Dems on the ground are viscerally unpleasant.”

Exclusive: “Handycock” In Court Next Week

Yesterday Guido bought you the news that controversial LibDem MP Mike Hancock had been juggling to keep stories about him out of the papers before the election. Well today he understands that one of those stories has resulted in a half day hearing at Winchester Combined Courts this coming 7th of October. A temporary injunction Hancock obtained against Les Cummings has expired and the follow-up legal action promised to the judge was not forthcoming, so the silenced party is now pursuing the amorous MP for damages and costs.

And you thought trying to seduce a mentally ill constituent was conduct unbefitting of a Member of Parliament…

Third Time Unlucky For Hancock

Weirdy-beardy LibDem MP and coalition critic Mike Hancock has never been far from controversy involving his sex life, and this weekend was no different. Hancock has done well in recent months to keep certain stories about him out of the media.  Carmen the busty señorita he wined, dined and even gave a personal tour of the House of Commons never surfaced and Hancock’s re-election campaign in Portsmouth was blighted with much darker allegations that were injuncted. However this time there was nothing Hancock could do to stop being splashed across the Sunday papers again – mainly because he admitted the allegations put to him.

Hancock has not denied he pestered a mentally ill constituent who came to him for help. He dined with her in the House, bought her a teddy bear and other gifts and pestered her with “sexy” text messages. He claims her was just trying to “cheer her up” but the woman’s carers have reported him to the police, who are now investigating. Given his track record it’s unlikely Hancock’s long suffering wife will buy that line…

On the back of the scandal that he had employed a researcher who has links to the KGB, the knives are sharpening around Hancock. Guido spoke to a senior council source down in Porstmouth who is fuming about the lastest embarrassment Hancock has caused:

“The pressure is mounting on Hancock. There have been many rumours about him swirling around Portsmouth and Westminster for years, but this latest news is particularly worrying. It is not acceptable for him to remain in a Cabinet role on Portsmouth City Council – where he has influence over policy regarding care for the vulnerable – at a time when the police are investigating him for allegedly abusing a vulnerable constituent. Whether he should remain an MP is a matter for the Liberal Democrats, and his conscience.”

Looks like Hancock might be waiting a little longer for his long-coveted title Lord Hancock of Fratton…

Laws Has “Lost the Hunger”

A noticeable absence in Liverpool was David Laws. Speculation is rife that he will be back in Cabinet soon but according to Pink News Laws has made it be known that “he’s lost the hunger”. In the mean time it seems he is writing “22 Days in May” about his brief moment in the limelight. No War and Peace then.

The Treasury needs a successful businessmen at its heart, not a former National Park spinner and depending on the outcome of the parliamentary standards inquiry the pressure for Laws to step up to the mark might just outweigh any loss of appetite. The punters are still confident it will be happen.

Spivgate

The fallout from Cable’s speech seems to be overshadowing Clegg’s big day out at the UN. Once again “the sage” is the LibDem everyone is talking about. Describing those that work in finance as “spivs” has caused some consternation and outrage in the City, but was lapped up in the hall of course. Sky News gave Clegg a hammering over it and he very clearly did not defend Cable’s words. A better line of questioning would have been whether Clegg thought his brother was a spiv, or his dad, or David Cameron’s late father was a spiv, or LibDem’s donors, or David Laws. The list goes on…

Confused Old Socialism

Vince Cable opened with “comrades” as he took to the podium. He is aiming for the room rather than the real world and will no doubt reference the fact he predicted seventeen of the last three recessions. The business world has pricked up its ears at their biggest bashing since the 70s and who can blame them. A cabinet minister saying “capitalism takes no prisoners and it kills competition where it can” is enough to send a shiver down the spine and should serve as a reminder of just how barking and dangerous Cable is. Though funny we never heard the old sage decrying “unrestrained capitalism” and corporate greed when he was cooking the numbers for Shell…

Minister Mauls Guardian

That extra million votes that the LibDems picked up in May was more to do with Cleggmania than the Guardian’s lukewarm endorsement but it’s nice to know their support was appreciated.

While it was hardly Tony Woodley shredding a copy […]

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Clegg Live: Go Back To Your Constituencies…

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Where’s the Charlie?

The combination of a hangover and Clegg seems to have got the better of Charles Kennedy. Citing a “late train” he pulled out of various events yesterday and was nowhere to be seen at this morning’s Guardian fringe event. And […]

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LibDems Vote Against Liberalism

A motion attacking the Coalition’s Free Schools plan has just been “very clearly carried” on the conference floor. A bit of a headache for Clegg given the how proud the LibDems are of their internal democratic strategy. It’s not quite […]

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