MP to be charged with sex offences

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans gives a press statement at his home in Pendleton where he saidallegations he raped one man and sexually assaulted another were "completely false"

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans gives a press statement at his home in Pendleton where he saidallegations he raped one man and sexually assaulted another were "completely false"

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Lancashire MP Nigel Evans has resigned as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons after it emerged he will be charged with a series of sex offences against seven men.

Evans, 55, who said he will continue to represent his Ribble Valley constituency in Lancashire, is accused of two counts of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one rape charge.

Shortly after leaving Preston police station yesterday, the Tory MP vowed to clear his name in relation to the charges, which date back to 2002.

He said: “I have today answered bail following complaints I said were incredulous.

“Whilst I’m saddened this case has not been closed today, I am certain of two things: firstly that I am innocent; and secondly, that my innocence will be demonstrated.”