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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.

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Nigel Evans taking a 'few days off chair duty'

Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans told reporters in Westminster he intended to resume his duties in the Speaker's chair once debate on the Queen's Speech is over.

I'm also grateful to the Speaker for allowing me just a few days off chair duty during the Queen's speech so that I can concentrate on what I need to be doing but I will be having my regular meetings with the Speaker throughout this week and then resuming my chair duties straight after the Queen's speech is over.

I shall be in the chamber tomorrow waiting for Black Rod to bang on the door and taking part in that fantastic ceremony.

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