Evans Commons duties on hold

Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans will not resume chairing duties in the chamber while police investigations continue into allegations of rape and sexual assault, a Commons spokesman said. Mr Evans denies the allegations.

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Nigel Evan's constituency 'shell-shocked' by arrest

Deputy House of Commons Speaker and Conservative MP Nigel Evans has been released on police bail until June 19 after being arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

Michael Ranson, the chairman of the Ribble Valley Conservative Association, said people Mr Evan's constituency were "completely shell-shocked" at the news.

He told Sky News: "He is a very popular MP and a very good constituency MP. He's given assistance to a lot of his constituents over many years".

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Police respond to Nigel Evans arrest reports

Responding to reports that Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans has been arrested Lancashire Police released this statement:

A 55 year old man from Pendleton in Lancashire has today, Saturday, 4th May 2013, been arrested by Lancashire Constabulary on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

The man will be interviewed at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.

The offences are alleged to have been committed in Pendleton between July 2009 and March 2013.

– Lancashire Police statement
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