October 13, 2010 / 11:49 AM / 9 years ago

Lib Dem MP arrested over indecent assault claim

LONDON (Reuters) - A Liberal Democrat MP has been arrested over claims that he indecently assaulted a female constituent.

Mike Hancock, the 64-year-old MP for Portsmouth South, was interviewed by police on Tuesday over the incident which is alleged to have taken place last month.

“I can confirm that I was questioned by officers of the Hampshire Police in relation to allegations made against me by one individual,” Hancock said in a statement on his website.

“I attended the police station voluntarily, cooperated fully and answered all questions that were asked.”

He said legal restrictions meant he could not comment further.

A police spokeswoman said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault following a complaint from a woman in Portsmouth. He was released on police bail until January 10.”

Hancock, who was re-elected in May with a majority of more than 5,000, said he intended to carry on with his work as an MP and local councillor.

However, Conservatives on the city’s council have called for him to be suspended while the allegations are investigated.

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison

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