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Evans will not take Tory whip as MP
Nigel Evans, who has resigned as deputy speaker of the House of Commons after it emerged he will charged with sex offences against seven men, will not take the Conservative whip, his spokesman said.
As deputy speaker, Mr Evans sat as an independent MP in the House of Commons. But Mr Evans will not take the Conservative whip and will sit as an independent MP for his constituency Ribble Valley, his spokesman said.
Evans is due to make a personal statement in the Commons later, after Prime Minister's Questions.
The 55-year-old is accused of two offences of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one rape charge.
Shortly after leaving Preston police station on Tuesday night, the Tory MP vowed to clear his name in relation to the charges, which date back to 2002.
He said: "Whilst I'm saddened this case has not been closed today, I am certain of two things: firstly, that I am innocent; and secondly, that my innocence will be demonstrated. Having informed my fellow deputy speakers, Lindsay Hoyle and Dawn Primarolo, my association chairman and my staff, I can confirm I will now resign as Deputy Speaker.
"However I will continue to work hard for the people of the Ribble Valley from the back benches where I first started my political career in 1992."
Evans will appear before magistrates in Preston on September 18.
The indecent assaults are alleged to have been committed between January 1 2002 and January 1 2004; the sexual assaults between January 1 2009 and April 1 2013, and the rape between March 29 and April 1 this year.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said: "Following an investigation by Lancashire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service has received a file of evidence in the case of Mr Nigel Evans MP which concerns allegations of a sexual nature. After careful consideration, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Mr Evans."