The Ribble Valley Conservative Association has said they expected Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans to continue with his duties as usual, after the Lancashire MP was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault yesterday. In a statement on their website, it said:
Nigel Evans MP has represented the Ribble Valley Constituency with distinction for 21 years. He is widely liked and respected by his constituents for whom he has worked tirelessly.
The officers and members of the Ribble Valley Conservative Association have got to know and respect him and are shocked about his arrest.
We are believers in the rule of law and are aware that these are merely allegations.
Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans visited the pub next door to his cottage, after speaking for the first time about his arrest on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, saying the claims are "completely false".
Officers have searched Nigel Evans' house in his home village of Pendleton, Lancashire, as well as his white Saab convertible.
The Deputy Commons Speaker's house, named "Brooklyn" and bearing a crowned portcullis, was searched by officers wearing white gloves, along with belongings found in a holdall in the boot of his car.
Evans denies the allegations, which he described as "completely false". Read more on this story here.
Tory MP Nigel Evans' solicitor has said he is not intending to stand down either as Deputy Speaker or MP after his arrest on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
The Deputy Commons Speakers has said the alleged attacks on two men are "completely false".
Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Blair has said that had the Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans not been a public figure he would probably not have been named after his arrest over rape and sexual assault allegations.
Speaking to Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News, he said: "There is a real problem here about people being named, particularly around sexual offences, and I think the names have to be given.
"I think one of the things that we really ought to be appealing to the press and the media in general is that if somebody is named in those circumstances but is either not charged or acquitted then some prominence needs to be given to that in the press."
Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans spoke of his "sense of incredulity" after being arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
In a statement outside his home, he said the allegations of offences against two men in their 20s were "completely false".
Mr Evans has been bailed under 19 June.
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.
Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans has made statement after his release on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault yesterday.
He said that the allegations are "completely false" and made by two people he had "regarded as friends until yesterday".
Mr Evans also said he could not understand why they have been made especially as he had "continued to socialise with one" as late as last week.
He also spoke of his "sense of incredulity" at the events.
Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans is expected to make a statement this morning after his release on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault yesterday.
The alleged offences involving two men took place between July 2009 and March 2013, police said.