Police search of MP Nigel Evans’s office at Westminster

Nigel Evans outside the Commons.
Nigel Evans outside the Commons.

Police searched the House of Commons office of Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans on Sunday after a warrant was approved by Preston Crown Court.

It is believed a third man has come forward to accuse Mr Evans of sexual assault, after the MP was arrested on May 4th over claims of rape and sexual assault relating to two men between July 2009 and March 2013.

The third man, said to be in his 20s, is understood to have told police that an incident happened in the House of Commons two years ago.

A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary declined to comment on specific details, but said: “We have confirmed that we have searched offices in London in connection with the investigation, but it is inappropriate to comment any further other than to say that we have gone through all the appropriate and necessary procedures before taking this step.”

Mr Evans was arrested earlier this month in relation to allegations of sexual assault, which he has strenuously denied. The Ribble Valley MP has insisted that the allegations are “completely false” and he has not been charged. Mr Evans, who is a deputy speaker of the House of Commons, has agreed that he will not resume his duties in the chamber whilst the police investigation continues, but he will continue with his constituency work.

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr John Bercow, said he had been consulted by the Solicitor General and Attorney General before granting the police’s request for a search and had also sought the advice of the Clerk of the House, who advises the Speaker on procedure and Parliamentary privilege.

In a statement at the start of Parliamentary business, Mr Bercow said he had been advised that “there were no lawful grounds on which it would be proper to refuse its execution”.

He told MPs that the “precincts of Parliament are not a haven from the law” and added that “the Serjeant at Arms and Speaker’s Counsel were present when the search was conducted”.