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.

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Tory MP Nigel Evans says claims 'completely false'

Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans has rigorously denied allegations that he raped one man and sexually assaulted another.

Speaking from his constituency in the Ribble Valley, the Conservative MP said the claims are "completely false" and that the alleged victims, both men in their 20s, had been friends of his "until yesterday".

Mr Evans, 55, was arrested at his home in Pendleton, Lancashire, yesterday and was released on bail last night.

ITV News Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports from Lancashire:

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