Liberal Democrats decide to replace Mike Hancock

The local newspaper in Portsmouth reports:

The Lib-Dems decided to look for a new parliamentary candidate.

At a meeting last night the Portsmouth Liberal Democrats executive agreed it would do so and speak to the council group over its decision last week [to let Mike Hancock remain a member of the council’s cabinet].

As Mike Hancock is currently suspended by the party, he cannot take part in any such selection and therefore this decision is in effect a sacking of Mike Hancock as the party’s choice for the 2015 general election. Judging by his quote to the local papers, he is threatening to stand as an independent.

UPDATE: The party has now selected Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

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