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Tuesday, December 24th 2013 15:37

The Portsmouth South MP has issued a ststement.

Local MP Mike Hancock's responded to claims made in a report into his conduct - which has been leaked in the press.

He says the most suitable place to settle a civil case is in court and not in the newspapers

The Portsmouth South MP who's also a councilor -  is being sued in the High Court by a constiuent .

He denies the allegations made against him.

Following a report in the Guardian newspaper, after a standards complaint to Portsmouth City Council against him as a councillor, a spokesman for Mike Hancock said: "These matters have twice been looked at by the police, first in 2010, and in conjunction with the CPS, they have found that there is no case for Mr Hancock to answer and have taken no further action. Mike Hancock looks forward to the civil case coming to court so that he can bring forward evidence to strongly and utterly refute the allegations made. The independent legal advice to Portsmouth City Council noted that the High Court was a better place to establish matters of fact - not least because it could take evidence under oath which the council cannot. Mike Hancock asked to meet with the council's independent investigator to explain this and this was denied him despite the city council's solicitor asking the investigator to meet Mr Hancock. He therefore believes the report which he has not seen is likely to be one-sided. The most suitable place to settle a civil case is in court and not in the newspapers. As this is an on-going legal case, it not appropriate for Mike to give a running commentary. In the meantime he will continue to work hard to serve his constituents as an MP and councillor including campaigning for jobs at the dockyard."

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