Deputy Commons Speaker denies rape allegations

Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans has hit out against the allegations of rape and sexual assault made against him, saying they are "completely false."

Speaking from his constituency in Ribble Valley, the Conservative MP said the last 24 hours have been "the worst of his life" and he cannot understand why the allegations have been made.

Solicitor: Nigel Evans not intending to stand down

He says he has no plans to step-down, but has asked to be excused from his duties for the next week in case the police want to interview him. Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.

Read: Tory MP Nigel Evans: Abuse claims 'completely false'

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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.