Report: Speaker to excuse Evans due to 'time pressure'

It has been reported that Speaker John Bercow had agreed to a request from Conservative MP Nigel Evans that he should be excused his duties chairing the Queen's Speech debate in the Commons on Wednesday due to the "inevitable added time pressure" that had been placed upon him.

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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.