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.
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.
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.