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.