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Nigel Evans: 'Stop witch hunts'

Former Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans speaks outside court Credit: PA

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.

Evans re-arrested over 'assault and sexual touching'

Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans, Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A 55-year-old man - understood to be House of Commons Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans - was re-arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and sexual touching when he answered bail today, Lancashire Police said.

These are understood to be two further allegations and he is being interviewed by police.


MP Evans bailed until September 10th

Speaking outside Preston police station this afternoon, Nigel Evans MP said:

Clearly we want closure of this as soon as possible and I carry on assisting this inquiry fully and openly.

I continue to refute all allegations, and in the meantime can I say that I'm extremely grateful for the huge amount of support and love that I have received from my family, my friends and my constituents, and indeed people throughout the country who have contacted me.

He was released on bail until September 10th pending further inquiries.

Nigel Evans' 'incredulity' at previous rape allegations

Deputy House speaker Nigel Evans speaking in May after the first allegations were made. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

In May, the Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans spoke of his "sense of incredulity" after he was arrested over two allegations, that he raped one man and sexually assaulted another.

He said: "The complaints are completely false and I cannot understand why they have been made."

Today he has been arrested on suspicion of three further indecent assaults.

Nigel Evans re-arrested as he answered bail

Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans was arrested for three alleged indecent assaults when he answered bail today after his May arrest on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

A 55 year old man from Pendleton in Lancashire has today answered his bail following his arrest in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

He has subsequently been further arrested on suspicion of three further offences of indecent assault.

He will be interviewed about these allegations at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.

These offences are alleged to have been committed in Blackpool in Lancashire and London between 2003 and 2011.

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

– Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson


Commons police search announced to MPs

I wish to report to the house that the rooms of a member were searched yesterday pursuant to a warrant issued by the circuit judge in Preston Crown Court on 16 May. The warrant related to the investigation of a serious arrestable offence.

I should remind members, as did my predecessor in 2008, that the precincts of parliament are not a haven from the law...The investigation is continuing and it would not be right to comment further. I will not take questions on my statement.

– Speaker John Bercow addressing MPs in the Commons

Police search office of Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans

The offices of Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans were searched by police on Sunday in connection with an investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault.

Commons Speaker John Bercow said the offices were searched after an order was granted by Preston Crown Court on Thursday. He said he had been consulted before officers entered Parliament.

Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans. Credit: Press Association.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "We have confirmed that we have searched offices in London in connection with the investigation but it is inappropriate to comment any further other than to say that we have gone through all the appropriate and necessary procedures before taking this step."

Mr Evans, the Tory MP for Ribble Valley, was arrested on May 4 on suspicion of raping one man and sexually assaulting another between July 2009 and March 2013.

He strenuously denies the allegations and has stepped aside from his duties in the Commons though he has not been suspended.

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