MP forced himself on men, jury told

Warned: Nigel Evans, 57, the former deputy speaker of the House of Commons, arrives at Preston Crown Court

Warned: Nigel Evans, 57, the former deputy speaker of the House of Commons, arrives at Preston Crown Court

Lancashire MP Nigel Evans sexually assaulted a number of men, despite warnings to stop his behaviour, a court has heard.

Preston Crown Court was told Evans, 57, the former deputy speaker of the House of Commons, used his power and influence to force himself on young men with aspirations to enter politics.

A jury in the trial heard several of the seven alleged victims were students when drunken Ribble Valley MP Evans groped them, but despite warnings from Parliament, Evans’s abuse escalated until he was accused of rape in 2013.

 

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