Conservative Party restores whip to Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans

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THE Conservative Party has restored the whip to MP Nigel Evans after he was cleared of committing a string of sexual offences.

Mr Evans, who represents Ribble Valley and stepped down as Commons deputy speaker to fight the allegations, was brought back into the Tory ranks following a meeting this morning with Chief Whip Sir George Young.

It comes just over two weeks after a jury unanimously found the 56 year old not guilty of nine allegations after a five week trial.

The decision to prosecute him was widely criticised.

"Nigel Evans met with Sir George Young, Government Chief Whip at No 9 Downing Street this morning, and the Conservative whip was restored to Nigel," a party spokesman said.

mfl Page 2: 14:06 Mr Evans said: "I am delighted to have the Conservative Whip again.

"This represents a full stop after the events of the past 11 months."

His place as a deputy speaker was taken by Tory colleague Eleanor Laing in a election after he stepped down.

Mr Evans, who faces a £130,000 legal bill despite being acquitted of all charges against him, intends to campaign to reform the law so people who are wrongly accused are not left with crippling debts.

He is also asking the Commons Home Affairs Committee to look again at whether the law which allows people charged with sex offences to be named while their accusers remain anonymous should be changed.

The director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has defended the decision to prosecute Mr Evans after his trial heard that three of his seven alleged victims did not consider an offence had been committed against them.

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5:35pm Mon 28 Apr 14

shytalk says...

Mr Evans, who faces a £130,000 legal bill despite being acquitted of all charges against him, intends to campaign to reform the law so people who are wrongly accused are not left with crippling debts. Funny that, seeing as it was his party that did away with legal aid.
Perhaps he might like to try the workfare programme when he is made redundant after the next election and see how he likes that. Another of the corrupt coalitions ideas.
Mr Evans, who faces a £130,000 legal bill despite being acquitted of all charges against him, intends to campaign to reform the law so people who are wrongly accused are not left with crippling debts. Funny that, seeing as it was his party that did away with legal aid. Perhaps he might like to try the workfare programme when he is made redundant after the next election and see how he likes that. Another of the corrupt coalitions ideas. shytalk
  • Score: -13

5:40pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Malthus says...

I am not a fan of the Conservatives or of Nigel Evans. However, I would say "get stuffed" to the Tory Grandees who removed the whip from me in the first place if I was Nigel Evans. I also believe that a person's private life is exactly that, however, it appears to me that despite Nigel Evans not committing any crimes he did behave in a way in his private life that ran counter to what was and is expected of a person in his position. Do today's Member's of Parliament no longer have any concept of decorum or good behaviour, both in and out of the public eye? He may not have committed any crime, he did, however, probably rattle a few cages of the old guard and have choking on their Earl Grey whilst they were reading the early edition of the Times.
I am not a fan of the Conservatives or of Nigel Evans. However, I would say "get stuffed" to the Tory Grandees who removed the whip from me in the first place if I was Nigel Evans. I also believe that a person's private life is exactly that, however, it appears to me that despite Nigel Evans not committing any crimes he did behave in a way in his private life that ran counter to what was and is expected of a person in his position. Do today's Member's of Parliament no longer have any concept of decorum or good behaviour, both in and out of the public eye? He may not have committed any crime, he did, however, probably rattle a few cages of the old guard and have choking on their Earl Grey whilst they were reading the early edition of the Times. Malthus
  • Score: 3

7:25pm Mon 28 Apr 14

fedup with your lies says...

I totally agree with Nigel, falsely accused victims should not have to fork out thousands of pounds to defend their name. The accusers should pay the legal fees as well as defamations costs .
I for one do believe that the Cps n police have much to answer for. Witch hunt and scapegoat come to mind.

Well done to Nigel for defending his name.
I totally agree with Nigel, falsely accused victims should not have to fork out thousands of pounds to defend their name. The accusers should pay the legal fees as well as defamations costs . I for one do believe that the Cps n police have much to answer for. Witch hunt and scapegoat come to mind. Well done to Nigel for defending his name. fedup with your lies
  • Score: -3

7:56pm Mon 28 Apr 14

peely says...

Sordid lifestyle from a person who supposedly represents us , drinking to excess , groping young men , disgusting , should be kicked out at the next election ! No sympathy whatsoever !
Sordid lifestyle from a person who supposedly represents us , drinking to excess , groping young men , disgusting , should be kicked out at the next election ! No sympathy whatsoever ! peely
  • Score: 6

8:19pm Mon 28 Apr 14

andy1 says...

I am no Tory fan however I feel that Nigel Evans has been hung out to dry over this one. Why did it take the Tories so long to restore the whip. Mr Evans has always come over has a decent bloke at heart regardless of his politics or sexuality I wish him well for the future.
I am no Tory fan however I feel that Nigel Evans has been hung out to dry over this one. Why did it take the Tories so long to restore the whip. Mr Evans has always come over has a decent bloke at heart regardless of his politics or sexuality I wish him well for the future. andy1
  • Score: 5

8:19pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Manuel Hung says...

fedup with your lies wrote:
I totally agree with Nigel, falsely accused victims should not have to fork out thousands of pounds to defend their name. The accusers should pay the legal fees as well as defamations costs .
I for one do believe that the Cps n police have much to answer for. Witch hunt and scapegoat come to mind.

Well done to Nigel for defending his name.
I believe he had the option of a legal aid subsidised legal team but turned them down because he wanted his own specific private firm. It was his choice.

And just because he is an MP doesn't mean the tax payer should fork out for something that you or I wouldn't get either?
[quote][p][bold]fedup with your lies[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Nigel, falsely accused victims should not have to fork out thousands of pounds to defend their name. The accusers should pay the legal fees as well as defamations costs . I for one do believe that the Cps n police have much to answer for. Witch hunt and scapegoat come to mind. Well done to Nigel for defending his name.[/p][/quote]I believe he had the option of a legal aid subsidised legal team but turned them down because he wanted his own specific private firm. It was his choice. And just because he is an MP doesn't mean the tax payer should fork out for something that you or I wouldn't get either? Manuel Hung
  • Score: 3

9:48pm Mon 28 Apr 14

drunken donut says...

peely wrote:
Sordid lifestyle from a person who supposedly represents us , drinking to excess , groping young men , disgusting , should be kicked out at the next election ! No sympathy whatsoever !
Spot on, he will be in opposition come the next election. Disgusting pervert.
[quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: Sordid lifestyle from a person who supposedly represents us , drinking to excess , groping young men , disgusting , should be kicked out at the next election ! No sympathy whatsoever ![/p][/quote]Spot on, he will be in opposition come the next election. Disgusting pervert. drunken donut
  • Score: 5

10:42pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

I'm no Tory supporter but Evans was found Not Guilty. He should be allowed to resume his former positions.
I'm no Tory supporter but Evans was found Not Guilty. He should be allowed to resume his former positions. Excluded again
  • Score: -4

11:11pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
fedup with your lies wrote:
I totally agree with Nigel, falsely accused victims should not have to fork out thousands of pounds to defend their name. The accusers should pay the legal fees as well as defamations costs .
I for one do believe that the Cps n police have much to answer for. Witch hunt and scapegoat come to mind.

Well done to Nigel for defending his name.
I believe he had the option of a legal aid subsidised legal team but turned them down because he wanted his own specific private firm. It was his choice.

And just because he is an MP doesn't mean the tax payer should fork out for something that you or I wouldn't get either?
Slightly agree but a mass murderer with three life sentences gets £800 because some one broke his nasal hair remover and stole his Cranberry drink, what's this country of ours coming to, Gay MPs flaunting themselves and we the tax payer paying mass murderers compensation!!! thats yet another reason I'm voting UKIP some one needs to get us out of the EU, Human rights brigade ASAP.
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedup with your lies[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Nigel, falsely accused victims should not have to fork out thousands of pounds to defend their name. The accusers should pay the legal fees as well as defamations costs . I for one do believe that the Cps n police have much to answer for. Witch hunt and scapegoat come to mind. Well done to Nigel for defending his name.[/p][/quote]I believe he had the option of a legal aid subsidised legal team but turned them down because he wanted his own specific private firm. It was his choice. And just because he is an MP doesn't mean the tax payer should fork out for something that you or I wouldn't get either?[/p][/quote]Slightly agree but a mass murderer with three life sentences gets £800 because some one broke his nasal hair remover and stole his Cranberry drink, what's this country of ours coming to, Gay MPs flaunting themselves and we the tax payer paying mass murderers compensation!!! thats yet another reason I'm voting UKIP some one needs to get us out of the EU, Human rights brigade ASAP. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 6

8:55am Tue 29 Apr 14

Wishingwell says...

peely wrote:
Sordid lifestyle from a person who supposedly represents us , drinking to excess , groping young men , disgusting , should be kicked out at the next election ! No sympathy whatsoever !
I agree, however it must be said that it does not matter whether it is men or women being groped.
[quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: Sordid lifestyle from a person who supposedly represents us , drinking to excess , groping young men , disgusting , should be kicked out at the next election ! No sympathy whatsoever ![/p][/quote]I agree, however it must be said that it does not matter whether it is men or women being groped. Wishingwell
  • Score: 2

11:24am Tue 29 Apr 14

clickhere says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
fedup with your lies wrote:
I totally agree with Nigel, falsely accused victims should not have to fork out thousands of pounds to defend their name. The accusers should pay the legal fees as well as defamations costs .
I for one do believe that the Cps n police have much to answer for. Witch hunt and scapegoat come to mind.

Well done to Nigel for defending his name.
I believe he had the option of a legal aid subsidised legal team but turned them down because he wanted his own specific private firm. It was his choice.

And just because he is an MP doesn't mean the tax payer should fork out for something that you or I wouldn't get either?
He turned down an inferior legally aided brief when it became clear the CPS had engaged a top prosecution silk and were pouring huge resources into the case. To ensure a fair trial he had to attempt to match those resources. Something legal aid could not do.
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fedup with your lies[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with Nigel, falsely accused victims should not have to fork out thousands of pounds to defend their name. The accusers should pay the legal fees as well as defamations costs . I for one do believe that the Cps n police have much to answer for. Witch hunt and scapegoat come to mind. Well done to Nigel for defending his name.[/p][/quote]I believe he had the option of a legal aid subsidised legal team but turned them down because he wanted his own specific private firm. It was his choice. And just because he is an MP doesn't mean the tax payer should fork out for something that you or I wouldn't get either?[/p][/quote]He turned down an inferior legally aided brief when it became clear the CPS had engaged a top prosecution silk and were pouring huge resources into the case. To ensure a fair trial he had to attempt to match those resources. Something legal aid could not do. clickhere
  • Score: 2

12:29am Wed 30 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

Will this legal bill be put on his government funded credit card , for the tax payer to foot this cost. ?
Will this legal bill be put on his government funded credit card , for the tax payer to foot this cost. ? Steven11
  • Score: 1

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