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Mike Hancock wins courts case over paedophile allegation

The BBC reports:

A rival who falsely claimed a Liberal Democrat MP was a paedophile has been convicted of attempting to affect a result in the general election.

Les Cummings, 66, made the false statement about Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock.

Mr Hancock had strenuously denied the allegations made in an election leaflet pamphlet.

Cummings, who stood for the Justice and Anti-Corruption Party, was fined £500 at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

He had falsely written on the flyer: “Mike Hancock is a paedophile.”

It then showed a picture of Mr Hancock with children and the words: “Would you let him get this close to your children?”

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Mike Hancock MP “horrified” by paedophile slur leaflet

The BBC reports from Southampton Magistrates Court:

A Liberal Democrat MP has described allegations he was a paedophile as “absolutely untrue and offensive”.

Mike Hancock told Southampton Magistrates’ Court he was “horrified” by a leaflet published during last year’s general election.

The court heard Les Cummings, who was standing against the MP, had written: “Mike Hancock is a paedophile”.

He denies making a false statement with the purpose of affecting the result of the election in Portsmouth South.

Mr Cummings, 66, from Portsmouth, is accused of publishing the leaflet last April, while he was standing against Mr Hancock as an independent for the Justice

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Another election candidate faces court over alleged false statements

A defeated candidate from the May 2010 general election is facing court action following claims he made false statements during the election. The Portsmouth News reports:

Les Cummings, who stood as the city’s Justice and Anti-Corruption Party will appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on Friday, charged with breaching the Representation of the People Act.

Police at Fareham Police Station charged Mr Cummings on Thursday afternoon, with having made, on April 22, before an election, for the purpose of affecting candidate Mike Hancock, false statements that he knew to be untrue.

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  • User AvatarBrian Paddick 26th Mar - 3:35pm
    In this case, if they knew he sent a WhatsApp message, it's because they have his phone. If they have his phone, they know what...
  • User AvatarDJ 26th Mar - 3:19pm
    “After four days of intensive inquiries across England and Wales, involving hundreds of officers, the Metropolitan police said they had so far failed to establish...
  • User AvatarGeoff English 26th Mar - 3:02pm
    A couple of other comments about the by election at Higher Croft, Blackburn. (1)the Labour candidate had stood before in another ward, had lost and...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 26th Mar - 2:24pm
    Ruth ,speaks the truth, Bright , too right !
  • User AvatarPaul Murray 26th Mar - 2:13pm
    I liked the comment retweeted by Richard Osman in the aftermath of his "World Cup of Biscuits" for Red Nose Day: (Somewhere in an ISIS...
  • User AvatarGary 26th Mar - 1:53pm
    Geoff: I suspect as this piece was written on Friday the author hadn't seen the result in question. I am especially delighted to see a...