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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'.

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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."

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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'.

Top prosecutor defends Nigel Evans charges

The Director of Public Prosecutions has defended the decision to prosecute Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans over a string of sex offence charges, saying victims of such offences do not always consider themselves victims.

Alison Saunders defended the Crown Prosecution Service's handling of the case against the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, who wept in the dock yesterday after a jury at Preston Crown Court unanimously cleared him of nine sexual allegations, including one of rape.

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