Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Blair has said that had the Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans not been a public figure he would probably not have been named after his arrest over rape and sexual assault allegations.
Speaking to Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News, he said: "There is a real problem here about people being named, particularly around sexual offences, and I think the names have to be given.
"I think one of the things that we really ought to be appealing to the press and the media in general is that if somebody is named in those circumstances but is either not charged or acquitted then some prominence needs to be given to that in the press."
Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans said allegations that he raped one man and sexually assaulted another are "completely false".
Deputy House of Commons Speaker and Conservative MP Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of rape, sources said.