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.
After spending almost a year with sex crime allegations hanging over him, Nigel Evans says "nothing will ever be the same".
Nigel Evans' career reached one of the highest political positions in the country, before he was forced to defend himself in court.
Lancashire MP Nigel Evans has been cross-examined over allegations that he sexually abused seven young men.