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The Lancashire MP Nigel Evans says he's "overwhelmed" by the support and sympathy he's received since he was questioned by police over an allegation of rape and another of sexual assault.
He returned to Westminster to face the cameras today following his arrest over the weekend.
Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans told reporters in Westminster he intended to resume his duties in the Speaker's chair once debate on the Queen's Speech is over.
Conservative MP Nigel Evans has spoken briefly outside his local pub after being arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
He said that it had been "the worst 24 hours of my life". But he thanked his friends and supporters for their "amazing and overwhelming" support.
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has spoken for the first time about his arrest on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
The Deputy Speaker for the House of Commons says the claims are "completely false".
He says the two alleged victims, both men in their 20s, had been friends of his "until yesterday".
Mr Evans was arrested at his home near Clitheroe yesterday.
Amy Welch reports:-
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said he is "shocked" by the allegations about Nigel Evans and suggested it could be "very difficult" for the MP to continue as deputy speaker while the matter was being investigated.
"I know Nigel well, I have known him for years. I'm obviously as shocked as everybody else is," he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.
"I stick rigidly to the view that we should treat people as innocent until they are proven guilty but it is quite difficult to carry out a sensitive and high profile role while being under this kind of scrutiny."
Evans today branded the allegations as "completely false", adding that they had been made by two people he had regarded as friends.
When asked for his reaction to Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evan's arrest over alleged rape and sexual assault, the Foreign Secretary said "we're all be very sorry to see this situation".
Speaking to Sky News, William Hague said the Tory MP was a "long-standing friend" and "a very popular and well-respected member of Parliament".
He added that he would not comment further because the case is subject to legal proceedings.
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Nigel Evans told today of the support he has had after going through what he described as the "worst two days of my life".
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans said today that allegations he raped one man and sexually assaulted another are "completely false".