VIDEO: Conservative stalwart backs Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans

Conservative party stalwart Joyce Holgate MBE has spoken of her shock and sadness at the allegations against Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

The oldest member of Ribble Valley Borough Council, Coun. Holgate, who is one of the ward councillors for Whalley, said she has known Mr Evans for her entire political career spanning 18 years.

HONOURED: Joyce Holgate MBE with Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans outside the Houses of Parliament. (s)

HONOURED: Joyce Holgate MBE with Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans outside the Houses of Parliament. (s)

Coun. Holgate, who has refused to speak to any other newspapers about the matter, said: “He has always shown me the greatest respect.

“I am very shocked and saddened at the news.

“As a councillor Nigel has always supported me.

“He has helped me to deal with the endless queries I deal with on behalf of residents of my village.

“I have had an excellent working relationship with Nigel and consider him an excellent MP.”