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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 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.

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