Whip restored to cleared MP 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 meetingyesterday 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.

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.”

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.

Millennium Square and Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds City Centre.

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