Ashton-under-Lyne MP to stand down

The MP for Ashton-under-Lyne is to stand down at the next General Election due to bad health. David Heyes has been the Labour MP since 2001.

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Family 'shocked' as Sri Lankan court bails four men accused of Khuram Shaikh's murder

WATCH: Nasser Shaikh, brother of Khuram, talks to Granada Reports as he returns home from the start of his brother's murder trial in Sri Lanka.

The family of Khuram Shaikh, who was killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka, say they are shocked by the decision to bail four men accused of his murder - half way through their trial.

The 32-year old from Rochdale was on holiday on Christmas Day in 2011 when he was stabbed and shot at his hotel.

The trial into his murder, which has taken more than two years to come to court amid fears of a cover-up, began at the High Court in Colombo last month.

But the trial has since been adjourned for several weeks, and four of the six men accused have been released on bail.

Nigel Evans vows to win back the trust of his constituents

by Daniel Hewitt

Lancashire MP Nigel Evans, who has been cleared of nine sexual offences, has told ITV News that the support of his constituents helped him get through his '11 months of hell'

Mr Evans likened the trial to being hit by a truck every day, but said the faith of people in the Ribble Valley had kept him 'solid'.


Evans: I could feel my heart beat without touching it

The former deputy speaker, Nigel Evans, who represents Ribble Valley, has told ITV News about the moment he was cleared of sexual offence charges.

He said: "When I stood in the dock listening to the foreman come out with the verdicts I could actually feel my heart beat without touching it."

Read more: Nigel Evans wants CPS to pay legal bills


Nigel Evans: I contemplated suicide during 11 months of hell

Former Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans speaks outside Preston Crown Court after he was found not guilty of nine charges Credit: PA

The former deputy speaker, Nigel Evans, who represents Ribble Valley, has told ITV Daybreak that he wants to 'move on with his job' after being cleared of sex offence charges.

In the exclusive interview, he said that issues surrounding anonymity for those accused of sexual offences should be looked at.

He said in light of the Jimmy Savile scandal, the system has gone 'too far the other way' and that people in the spotlight are being charged 'just in case'.

In response to allegations that his behaviour as an MP had been 'inappropriate', he said that the drinking culture in Westminster is now 'not what it was'.

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