Cleared MP hits out at CPS

MP Nigel Evans.
MP Nigel Evans.

Lancashire MP Nigel Evans has demanded the Crown Prosecution Service repay his £130,000 legal expenses after he was cleared of sex offences.

Mr Evans, who was found not guilty of rape and sexual assault on Thursday, said the case cost him his life savings.

The Ribble Valley MP and former deputy speaker, 56, said he contemplated suicide during the “very darkest moments” of his 11-month ordeal, which he described as a witch-hunt and “a very public execution attempt”.

He called for a review of laws that grant anonymity to alleged victims of sex crimes, which he said were “unbalanced”, and questioned the way the CPS had handled recent cases of historic sexual allegations against high-profile people.

He said: “I feel cheated by the fact that if my seven accusers and I walked down the street none of them would be recognised but I would be because I was the only one who was named.

“And I have been cleared, while their allegations have been shown to be false.”