MP in court on sex charges

A senior Conservative MP accused of a series of sex offences will appear in court later today. Nigel Evans, who protests his innocence, is charged with two counts of indecent assault, five of sexual assault and one of rape.

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Former deputy speaker case adjourned until October

Nigel Evans arriving at Preston magistrates' court today. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans made his first appearance in court today accused of committing a series of sex offences against seven men.

District Judge Jane Goodwin adjourned the case until October 4, when the MP will appear for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court.

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Evans' alleged offences occurred over 11 years

Nigel Evans pictured outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: PA

Nigel Evans will appear at Preston Magistrates' Court today.

The indecent assaults are alleged to have been committed between January 1, 2002 and January 1, 2004; the sexual assaults between January 1, 2009 and April 1 this year; and the rape between March 29 and April 1 this year.

He dismissed the original claims against him in May as "completely false", and said they had been made by two people he had "regarded as friends".

In June, after his second arrest, he said: "I continue to refute all allegations."

MP Nigel Evans due in court on sex offence charges

Nigel Evans pictured reading a statement to the House of Commons last week.

A senior MP accused of a series of sex offences will appear in court later today.

Nigel Evans resigned as deputy speaker of the House of Commons after being charged earlier this month with two counts of indecent assault, five of sexual assault and one of rape.

The Tory MP for Ribble Valley in Lancashire has protested his innocence and pledged to "see this through to the end" after being accused of offences against seven men.

The 55-year-old made a personal statement in the House of Commons the day after he was charged, claiming that facing the allegations was as hard as dealing with the deaths of his mother and brother in the past few years.

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