From the Speaker's chair to the witness box

Nigel Evans MP
Nigel Evans MP Photo: PA

From the Speaker's Chair to the witness box, here are the milestones in Nigel Evans's career and his battle to clear his name:

:: April 1992 - Evans elected as an MP at the fourth attempt, representing Ribble Valley, Lancs.

:: 1997 - He is appointed opposition frontbench spokesman for Welsh affairs.

:: 2001 - Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith makes him shadow secretary of state for Wales.

:: 2003 - Evans resigns from the shadow cabinet following a re-shuffle by new Tory leader Michael Howard.

:: June 2010 - He is elected as one of the three Commons deputy speakers.

:: December 2010 - Evans reveals he is gay for the first time.

:: May 4 2013 - Evans arrested by police at his home in Lancashire. He is questioned and bailed.

:: June 19 2013 - The MP is re-arrested over fresh allegations and re-bailed.

:: September 10 2013 - Evans is arrested for the third time, questioned about two more alleged sexual assaults and charged with nine offences.

:: September 11 2013 - The MP makes a personal statement to the House of Commons, resigning his position as deputy speaker and vowing to "robustly" defend his innocence.

:: March 10 2014 - Evans goes on trial at Preston Crown Court after pleading not guilty to all nine charges.

:: April 10: Evans is unanimously found not guilty of all charges following five hours and 45 minutes of deliberation.