Nigel Evans MP cross-examined over sex allegations

The Swansea-born MP Nigel Evans has told the jury in his sex assault trial how the allegations against him affected his career. Mr Evans denies one count of rape, two indecent assaults, five sexual assaults and one attempted sexual assault.

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Nigel Evans cross-examined on sex allegations

The Swansea-born MP Nigel Evans has told the jury in his sex assault trial how the allegations against him affected his career.

Mr Evans stood down as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons after he was charged with sexual offences against young men last year.

Referring to an excerpt from one of his police interviews in which he said he had been "in the frame" to be the next Commons Speaker, Mr Evans said: "The reality to me is what has happened to me is that I will not be the Speaker of the House of Commons."

Under cross examination, he told the court the sexual contact he'd had with the alleged rape victim was consensual "from beginning to end".

Mr Evans denies the nine allegations against him.

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Evans says he will never be Speaker

Nigel Evans Credit: PA

Nigel Evans has told the court the reality of what has happened to him means he will not be Speaker of the House of Commons.The MP for the Ribble Valley stood down as Deputy Speaker when he was charged last year.

Under cross-examination he told the court that there was nothing pre-programmed about a pass he made to a man who was staying at his home.

He denies two counts of indecent assault , one count of attempted sexual assault, five counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.

Nigel Evans: Sex offence accusations 'absolute hell'

Swansea-born MP Nigel Evans has told a court that he made a pass at a young man staying at his home in Lancashire - but said he did not sexually assault the man.

Mr Evans, who was once the Shadow Welsh Secretary, also described being accused of a range of sexual offences against seven men as 'absolute hell.'

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Nigel Evans tells court he felt like a 'chastened child'

Nigel Evans has told a court he felt like a 'chastened child' when a pass he made on a man who was staying at his Lancashire home was not reciprocated.

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Mr Evans described the relationship he had with the man as friendly and flirtatious. He said he was shocked when he found out the man had made a formal complaint again him.

"I got the impression he was interested in me," Evans told the court. "There's no fool like an old fool."

Nigel Evans denies two counts of indecent assault, one count of attempted sexual assault, five counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.

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Nigel Evans continues giving evidence at his trial

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Nigel Evans takes stand to deny sex charges

Swansea-born MP Nigel Evans today entered the witness box and told a jury that he had not raped or sexually assaulted anyone Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans took to the stand today to deny raping or sexually assaulting anyone.

The 56-year-old is on trial at Preston Crown Court accused of one rape, two indecent assaults, five sexual assaults and one attempted sexual assault.

His barrister, Peter Wright QC, asked him: "Have you sexually assaulted anyone in terms of the allegations set out here, Mr Evans?"

The MP replied: "No, Mr Wright."

Mr Wright then asked: "Have you raped anyone?"

Evans repeated: "No, Mr Wright."

The Swansea-born MP confirmed that he had no previous convictions and had not been arrested before these events.

Nigel Evans 'staggered' by sex offence allegations

Nigel Evans MP is accused of nine sexual offences against seven men Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Swansea-born MP Nigel Evans told police was 'staggered' at being arrested on suspicion of sexual offences, Preston Crown Court heard.

Jurors in the former deputy speaker's trial, heard transcripts of his police interviews at Preston Police Station following his arrest in May last year.

The 56 year old is alleged to have raped a man in his 20s following a dinner party at the MP's home in Pendleton, Lancashire in March 2013.

During interview, Evans said: "Did I have sexual contact with him, the answer is yes. Was it non-consensual, the answer is no."

He told police the young man had intended to stay in the spare room, but after the other guests left they began "caressing and kissing" downstairs and when Evans went upstairs the young man asked: "Should I follow you?"

Evans said: "As far as I was concerned everything that occurred was consensual. I'm somewhat staggered by the allegations he is now making."

He denies one rape, two indecent assaults and six sexual assaults. The trial continues.

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