- Health of scandal-hit Mike Hancock leads BBC South News
- MP and councillor has been mental health inpatient for 3 months
- His team tried to keep condition secret from voters
- Questions raised over who is paying for his care
BBC South News has spilled the beans on what’s been keeping Mike Hancock away from the local election campaign trail — a three month stint as a hospital inpatient being treated for depression.
The controversial MP and councillor, who is shortly due to fight a civil claim of sexually harassing a vulnerable constituent, was apparently admitted to the private Priory hospital in Hampshire days after citing his health as he refused to answer journalists’ questions but then going to France to attend the Council of Europe.
Details of Hancock’s treatment emerged in court as he attempted to block the case against with a psychiatrist’s report claiming that he was mentally incapable of instructing his legal team. Hancock’s bid was rejected along with attempts to keep his medical treatment a secret from the public — and notably voters in his Fratton ward.
The region’s political editor Peter Henley has also used Twitter to raise one pointed question omitted from his report:
Who's paying for MP Mike Hancock's stay in Priory psychiatric Hospital? Watch my report last night: http://t.co/aPe7HlE6Ii
— Peter Henley (@BBCPeterH) May 13, 2014
He’s already been in there for 14 weeks.