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MP: Mood at Tory party conference 'very positive'

The mood at the Conservative party conference is "very positive", as it gears up for its most high profile meeting before the next general election, an influential Tory MP said.

Nigel Evans told Good Morning Britain: "The mood of the Conservative party is that we can win that next general election. It's only a few months away but because of all the things that have happened - the turnaround in the economy and the very positive mood we have here."

Nigel Evans reselected to fight for Ribble Valley seat

An MP who was cleared of committing a string of sexual offences has won the approval of local party members to defend his seat at the general election.

Nigel Evans pictured after being cleared of sex offences in earlier this year. Credit: PA

Nigel Evans was reselected in a secret ballot of Conservative members in Ribble Valley for the 2015 poll, a party spokesman confirmed.

The politician - who quit as Commons deputy speaker to successfully fight the allegations in court earlier this year - had faced some local dissent.

He was forced to sit as an independent in the Commons pending and during the trial but had the Conservative whip restored soon afterwards.


Tory MP denies 'pressuring' Evans complainants

MP Sarah Wollaston outside Preston Crown Court during Nigel Evans' trial. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A Conservative MP has denied she pushed two men to go the police with allegations against former deputy speaker Nigel Evans, and says Westminster is "turning a blind eye" to harassment claims.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Dr Sarah Wollaston said she made the offer to step down to the two complainants if they felt she had "pressured them to take the complaint forward".

The Totnes MP raised allegations linked to Mr Evans with Speaker John Bercow before complaints were lodged with the police.

She says she has faced "rank hostility" since the Ribble Valley MP was acquitted of a string of sexual offence charges last week.

Mr Evans, who currently sits as an independent, noted in an interview with the Daily Mail of Dr Wollaston: "It was mentioned to her as a throwaway remark yet she pursued it. For whatever reason, she decided to have it in for me."


Nigel Evans contemplated suicide 'in darkest moments'

Nigel Evans has said he contemplated suicide when he stood accused of sexual assault.

The Tory MP, who was cleared of all charges last week, told Daybreak the experience was "traumatic beyond belief".

Nigel Evans talking to Daybreak about his 'traumatic' experience defending himself against charges of sexual assault Credit: ITV / Daybreak

Asked whether he had considered ending his own life, the Ribble Valley MP said: "In my darkest moments, yes, when you're a politician, you don't want to be accused of even going through the five items or less with six items in your basket.

"To be accused of what you are accused of is just traumatic beyond belief.

"It was only because of the friends that I had who actually came running towards me rather than the other way, people who came up and made sure I was alright, made sure that I was taken out for dinners, who would give me support and had hope in me and it was their faith in me that got me through."

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