MP facing new claims in sex offences probe
SWANSEA-BORN MP Nigel Evans is facing fresh allegations of sex offences after being re-arrested when answering bail.
Police were yesterday quizzing the 55-year-old, who hails from Townhill, on suspicion of indecent assault and sexual touching against two men in their 20s.
The Tory MP for Ribble Valley was arrested in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, and then again in June on suspicion of three further accounts of indecent assault. He denies any wrongdoing.
A police spokesman said: "A 55-year-old man from Pendleton in Lancashire has today answered his bail following his arrest in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault and in June on suspicion of three further offences of indecent assault.
"He has subsequently today been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and sexual touching of two further victims."
Mr Evans was born in Swansea, and attended Dynevor School, and received politics degree from Swansea University. He worked for the family newsagent and convenience store business, Evans the News, in Townhill, and was a councillor on West Glamorgan County Council between 1985 to 1991, before being elected to the Conservative safe seat of Ribble Valley in 1991.
His initial arrest in May relates to offences alleged to have been committed in Pendleton, Lancashire, between July 2009 and March 2013.
The three counts of indecent assault are alleged to have happened in Blackpool and London between 2003 and 2011.
The two fresh allegations relate to alleged incidents in London between 2002 and 2009.
Mr Evans arrived at Preston police station in a silver Jaguar XF driven by his solicitor, and spoke briefly to press, saying: "Thanks for coming".
He dismissed the original allegations against him as "completely false", and said, in May, they had been made by people he had regarded as friends.
He continued to "refute all allegations" following the further allegations in June.
Since then, he has stepped aside from his duties as deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, but continued to work as an MP.
Mr Evans was a vice chairman of the Conservative Party from 1999 to 2001. In 2010 he came out as gay, saying he was "tired of living a lie".