UK Politics

MP Nigel Evans hopes to stand for Parliament in 2015

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Media captionNigel Evans describes facing people "exaggerating" plus twists and lies at his trial where he was cleared

Conservative MP Nigel Evans has said he intends to stand again for Parliament in 2015 after being cleared of charges of sexual assault and rape.

Mr Evans told the BBC he would have quit had he been convicted but it was always "plan A" to stay in the Commons.

He said he believed he had the support of the "vast majority" of members of his local Conservative party.

The MP for Ribble Valley said he had been "chastened and bruised" by his trial, describing it as torture.

Last month, a jury unanimously found Mr Evans not guilty of one count of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and two indecent assaults.

The former Commons deputy speaker, who resigned the role when he was charged last year, said the "kitchen sink" had been thrown at him during the trial and allegations about his behaviour had "hurt".

But he told the BBC's Daily Politics that he had left the court an "innocent man" and the reaction of MPs from all parties since he was cleared had been "superb".

The MP said he intended to put his name forward for reselection as the Conservative candidate in his constituency, but that a final decision had yet to be made.

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