Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans re-arrested on two further indecent assault allegations

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The openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of two more counts of indecent assault.

The 55-year-old is now facing seven sexual assault allegations but has yet to be charged.

He was previously arrested by Lancashire Police on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and three indecent assaults against five men all in their 20s.

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.”

Mr Evans has strenuously denied all of the accusations made so far.

The original rape and sexual assault allegations, made in May this year, are said to have happened in Pendleton, Lancashire between July 2009 and March 2013.

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

Mr Evans was one of three deputy speakers elected in a secret ballot of MPs in 2010. Later that year he came out as gay, saying he was “tired of living a lie”.

He has since stepped down from his Speaker duties following his arrests, but has continued to work as a Tory MP.

In an interview with PinkNews after he came out, Mr Evans said: “I’ve thrown away 35 years of my life.”

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