The chairman of the Ribble Valley Conservative Association said its members will fully support and stand behind their MP Nigel Evans, who has been charged with offences including sexual assault, indecent assault and rape.
However, despite the charges, Mr Evans will carry on working as normal and hold regular surgeries across his constituency.
In a statement on the associaton’s website released this morning (Wednesday), chairman Mr Michael Ranson said: “Ribble Valley Conservation Association is disappointed that the CPS have indicated that they have charged our MP Nigel Evans with rape and other sexual offences. Nigel has strongly denied all the offences and has said that he will vigorously defend them. “In the United Kingdom a person is presumed innocent until he is found guilty in a court of law and we will continue to support Nigel at this very difficult time.
“We understand that Nigel has resigned as Deputy Speaker and will return to the backbenches where he will continue to represent the people of the Ribble Valley as he has done for the last 20 years. He will hold regular surgeries and deal with the usual heavy caseload of constiuents’ problems.
“We hope that the case will come to court as soon as possible so that the uncertainty hanging over Nigel and the constituency can be quickly resolved.”