Swansea-born MP Nigel Evans in court to face sex charges
Swansea-born MP Nigel Evans has appeared in court, to face sexual offence charges.
The former Commons deputy speaker stepped down from the role earlier this month after being charged with two counts of indecent assault, five of sexual assault, and one of rape between 2002 and 2013. There are seven male alleged victims.
In his first court appointment to face the charges, the 55-year-old appeared before a brief hearing at Preson Magistrates’ Court, where he answered personal details before his case was sent to Preston Crown Court.
The MP for ribble Valley in Lancashire was bailed to appear there on October 4.
Mr Evans, who denies any wrongdoing, 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.
He has continued to work as and MP since stepping aside as deputy speaker.
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”.