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Deputy Speaker office searched

The offices of Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans have been searched by police in connection with an investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault.

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Commons police search announced to MPs

I wish to report to the house that the rooms of a member were searched yesterday pursuant to a warrant issued by the circuit judge in Preston Crown Court on 16 May. The warrant related to the investigation of a serious arrestable offence.

I should remind members, as did my predecessor in 2008, that the precincts of parliament are not a haven from the law...The investigation is continuing and it would not be right to comment further. I will not take questions on my statement.

– Speaker John Bercow addressing MPs in the Commons

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