MP 'left in limbo' by sex claims

Nigel Evans, who resigned as Commons Deputy Speaker after being charged with sex offences against seven men, has told MPs he had been left in a "land of limbo" by the allegations and vowed to "robustly defend my innocence."

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Deputy Speaker steps down 'after careful consideration'

Nigel Evans told MPs he decided to step down from his position as Deputy Commons Speaker "after careful consideration".

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Evans said: "I hope you will bear with me while I make this statement, it's been a few years since I made a speech in this chamber and I'm sad to say this is the speech.

"As many of you will know following recent allegations, I was charged with alleged offences yesterday. I now have the opportunity to robustly defend my innocence and seek acquittal.

"I have therefore decided the best course of action is for me to return to the backbenches and this is a decision I have made myself after careful consideration."

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Evans tells MPs he will 'robustly defend' his innocence

Nigel Evans has told MPs he will "robustly defend my innocence and seek acquittal."

Nigel Evans has resigned his position as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. Credit: ITV News

Mr Evans, who has resigned his position as Deputy Speaker, told the House of Commons he will not seek to regain the Conservative whip and will therefore sit as an Independent MP.

Speaker John Bercow announces Evans resignation

Commons Speaker John Bercow has told the House he has received a letter of resignation from Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans with "sadness".

He added: "I wish to thank Nigel for his three years of service as deputy speaker."

Today it emerged Evans will be charged with a series of sex offences against seven men. But he has insisted he is innocent, vowing: "my innocence will be demonstrated".

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Nigel Evans vows to 'demonstrate innocence'

Nigel Evans has vowed to demonstrate his innocence after being charged with eight sexual offences dating between 2002 and 2013.

Nigel Evans, pictured previously, said his innocence will be demonstrated. Credit: PA Wire

Speaking outside the police station, Evans,55, said: "I have today answered bail following complaints I said were incredulous.

"Whilst I'm saddened this case has not been closed today, I am certain of two things: firstly that I am innocent; and secondly, that my innocence will be demonstrated."

Mr Evans earlier resigned as Deputy Speaker but insisted he would continue to "work hard" as an MP from the backbenches for his constituency.

Nigel Evans charged with eight sexual offences

The 55-year-old earlier resigned from his role as Deputy Speaker Credit: PA Wire

Nigel Evans has been charged with two counts of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one count of rape relating to a total of seven alleged victims.

The eight offences date between 2002 and 2013, the CPS said.

Mr Evans is due to appear before Preston Magistrates' Court on the 18 September.

The 55-year-old earlier resigned from his role as Deputy Speaker for the House of Commons.

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