– Speaker John Bercow addressing MPs in the Commons
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.
The offices of Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans have been searched by police in connection with an investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault.