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Gay MP Nigel Evans rearrested on rape claims

Gay MP Nigel Evans rearrested on rape claims

British gay MP Nigel Evans was rearrested on suspicion of two further sex assaults today (10 September).

The House of Commons Deputy Speaker is now facing seven sexual assault allegations but has yet to be charged.

In a statement, Lancashire Police said: ‘He [Mr Evans] has subsequently today been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and sexual touching of two further victims.

‘He will be interviewed about these new allegations at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.

‘These new offences are alleged to have been committed in London between 2002 and 2009.’

Evans has denied all of the accusations made so far.

The original rape and sexual assault allegations, made in May this year, accuse the 55-year-old Conservative MP of incidents alleged to have happened in Pendleton, Lancashire between July 2009 and March 2013.

Three further indecent assault allegations emerged the following month, believed to have occurred in Blackpool and London between 2003 and 2011.

All of the allegations involve men in their 20s.

Since the accusations were made, Evans stepped down from his duties of Commons Deputy Speaker but has continued to work as an MP.

Evans came out as gay in December 2010 and has since been a vocal supporter of LGBT rights.