MP Nigel Evans is ‘getting on with the job’

Denial: Nigel Evans denied the allegations in a statement at his Pendleton home
Denial: Nigel Evans denied the allegations in a statement at his Pendleton home
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Nigel Evans says he is “getting on with the job” as the Ribble Valley’s MP and will return to Lancashire today.

Mr Evans was arrested on Saturday and questioned by police over rape and sexual assault allegations, which he said were “completely false”.

The 55-year-old said he would be focusing on his duties as Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons and as a constituency MP.

And yesterday he tweeted: “getting on with the job....lots of work on and getting through it....Ribble Valley tomorrow and hopefully sunny!”

The Conservative MP was arrested by Preston Police on suspicion of rape and sexual assault on two men in their 20s and questioned before being released on bail until June 19.

The alleged offences are said to have happened in his constituency between July 2009 and March this year.

Mr Evans said support from his local constituents had got him through the “worst two days of my life”.

The Evening Post attempted to contact the MP but his mobile phone went straight to its answer phone.

It has since emerged that Mr Evans sent an email to his fellow MPs explaining he was using a new number.

The email read: “When I became Deputy Speaker I sent out my mobile phone number for any colleague to be able to contact me. For a short period of time I will be using a temporary number. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need to.”

Both the Ribble Valley Conservatives and Longridge Conservatives groups have defended Mr Evans’ record as the area’s MP since 1991.

They said he was innocent until proven otherwise.