Acquitted MP Nigel Evans has spoken to Daybreak of his ordeal during his trial for rape and sexual assault.Read the full story ›
Conservative MP Nigel Evans has told Daybreak his experience defending himself against charges of sexual assault was "traumatic beyond belief" and left him contemplating suicide.
The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons said it was only because of his friends' support that he managed to get through the ordeal.
Nigel Evans has said he contemplated suicide when he stood accused of sexual assault.
The Tory MP, who was cleared of all charges last week, told Daybreak the experience was "traumatic beyond belief".
Asked whether he had considered ending his own life, the Ribble Valley MP said: "In my darkest moments, yes, when you're a politician, you don't want to be accused of even going through the five items or less with six items in your basket.
"To be accused of what you are accused of is just traumatic beyond belief.
"It was only because of the friends that I had who actually came running towards me rather than the other way, people who came up and made sure I was alright, made sure that I was taken out for dinners, who would give me support and had hope in me and it was their faith in me that got me through."
Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans has demanded that the Crown Prosecution Service be forced to pay his £130,000 legal bill after he was cleared of rape and sexual assault charges, the Mail on Sunday has reported.
He has also called for a review of anonymity guidelines that that allowed his seven male accusers to keep their identities secret.
The head of counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service has warned Britons that they could face jail if they travel to Syria.
"The message for people who are considering going out there and getting involved in terrorist training or getting involved in the conflict is that they will be potentially breaking the law in this country," Sue Hemming told the Evening Standard.
Whether the the potential fighter was for or against the Assad regime did not matter: “Potentially it’s an offence to go out and get involved in a conflict, however loathsome you think the people on the other side are," she said.
The report said Ms Hemming insisted it is not a crime to travel to Syria if the trip is for humanitarian efforts.
Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy will be charged over an alleged health and safety breach linked to the shooting of unarmed Anthony Grainger in March 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
Lee Rigby was the victim of one of the most savage offences ever prosecuted, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism at the CPS, said: “The murder of Fusilier Rigby was brutal and its perpetrators carried out one of the most savage offences ever prosecuted by our counter terrorism lawyers.
“As a soldier, this young father had dedicated his life to keeping people safe, including from the threat of terrorism. That dedication to his country cost him his life and was in stark contrast to the appalling conduct and extremist views of the men who murdered him.
“We recognise that this trial has been exceptionally difficult for Lee Rigby’s family but I hope they can take some limited comfort from the justice achieved today and the fact that both defendants now face a very long stay in prison.”
Earlier this year, the CPS admitted this was a missed chance to charge Savile while he was alive, because victims were not taken seriously enough.
Alison Levitt QC found that "had the police and prosecutors taken a different approach" prosecutions could have been possible in relation to three victims.
Jo, a sexual abuse victim whose change.org petition sparked the public outcry and CPS investigation into the Robert Colover prosecution remarks, said:
It's good news that [Robert] Colover won't be asked to undertake these kinds of prosecutions any longer.
It sends a clear message that these kind of comments are completely inappropriate.
The CPS must implement mandatory specialist training in all sexual offences cases to ensure a culture shift in the legal profession; this will ensure that it protects vulnerable witnesses.
A CPS spokesman said:
Counsel in the case agreed that he should not have used the expression that he did and deeply regretted his choice of words.
It was agreed that he would resign from the CPS Rape Panel of advocates and will no longer undertake prosecutions involving serious sexual offences or child sexual abuse.
He will remain on our general advocate panel and will still be instructed in other criminal cases. The DPP is satisfied that no further action needs be taken in relation to this case.