You might remember Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock from his 15 minutes of fame in 2011. He had had an affair with his aide, 39 years his junior, who was then accused of being a spy. It was hard to know what to believe. On the one hand her being a spy seemed more plausible than Katia Zatuliveter simply falling in love with Mr Hancock, on the other she was accused of spying on him as she considered him “politically influential”. In either case she’s clearly a bit mad.
He was also around in 2010 after he was accused of making visits to a constituents home, kissing her and exposing himself without her consent.
Therefore it wasn’t the greatest shock when the Lib Dems released this statement:
Following Mike Hancock’s receipt of legal papers in a High Court civil action, Nick Clegg has asked the Chief Whip to convene an urgent meeting under the disciplinary procedures of the parliamentary party between Nick Clegg, Simon Hughes, the Chief Whip and Mike Hancock.
Mike Hancock strenuously denies the accusations made in the civil action. We are not prejudging the outcome of the case, but given the seriousness of the allegations, Nick Clegg has instructed the Chief Whip to invoke the disciplinary procedures of the party.
Iain Roberts has said on Twitter that this actually relates to the previous incident, but that it is now not just a mere accusation but an active court case.
In any event Mike Roberts has said he is too ill to attend the meeting.