Published: Monday, May 6, 2013

British MP ‘arrested over rape claim’

A deputy speaker of Britain’s lower house of parliament was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of raping one man and sexually assaulting another, according to media reports.
Media said Nigel Evans, a lawmaker in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party, was questioned over alleged attacks on two men in their twenties.
Evans, 55, represents Ribble Valley in Lancashire, northwest England, and is one of the House of Commons’ three deputy speakers.
A spokeswoman for the force later said the suspect had been released on bail until June 19.
Police said the alleged attacks took place in the village of Pendleton, where Evans lives, between July 2009 and March 2013.
As a deputy speaker, Evans can stand in for the speaker, who is tasked with keeping order during parliamentary debates.