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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'.
Tory MP Nigel Evans is entitled to reclaim part of his legal costs from successfully defending himself against charges of rape and sexual assault, the Ministry of Justice has said.
A spokesman said:
"Anyone who has applied for legal aid and is subsequently acquitted of a crime is entitled to be repaid at least part of their legal costs - irrespective of whether their application was accepted."
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has called for a rethink of the law relating to rape cases, telling ITV News it is not right for those making allegations to remain anonymous while defendants' names are publicised.
Conservative MP Nigel Evans has told ITV News the "trauma" of his trial for sexual assault made him realise the "first-hand consequences" of cutting legal aid.
He admitted he "might well" have voted for the cuts, but now understood the problems they could create for people.
The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons said cutting legal aid can leave people "doubly punished" if they have to defend themselves and then foot huge legal bills, even if they are acquitted.
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."
Nigel Evans has told ITV Daybreak that headlines that suggested he was a functioning alcoholic were untrue.
He said that the accusations angered him as his own father had suffered from alcoholism.
Instead he described himself as a 'social drinker'.
Nigel Evans MP, who was cleared of sex offence charges last week, has told ITV Daybreak that every day that he was accused of the charges felt 'like being hit by an Eddie Stobart truck.'
He said he will not resume his role as deputy speaker, but will instead go to the back benches.