Lord Blair: 'Real problem' over sex claim suspect naming

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.

Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Blair
Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Blair Credit: Press Association

"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."

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Evans Commons duties on hold

Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans will not resume chairing duties in the chamber while police investigations continue into allegations of rape and sexual assault, a Commons spokesman said. Mr Evans denies the allegations.