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MP ‘tried to kiss man in kitchen’

Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans pushed a young man into a darkened room at Westminster and sexually assaulted him, a jury has heard.

The witness told Preston Crown Court that “very quickly” the MP “put his arms all over me and tried to kiss me”.

He pulled away and then left the room “as quickly as possible,” he said.

The witness is one of seven young men Evans, 56, denies assaulting. The Westminster worker said he did not report the alleged incident at the time because he gave “the benefit of the doubt” to the defendant, who he considered “one of the nice guys”.

He added that people in Parliament “don’t tend to have confidence in reporting anything about MPs”. But he told the court he came forward to the police following the widespread reporting of Evans’ initial arrest last year.

The incident is said to have taken place in a kitchen along the Deputy Speaker’s Corridor in February 2011, after the MP invited the man and others for champagne in his offices.

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A week in the court room: Evans on trial for sex assault claims

Round-up of the case being heard at Preston Crown Court

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans is on trial at Preston Crown Court over claims he used his “powerful” political influence to take advantage of seven young men.

The former Tory MP, who is now an independent, denies one rape, two indecent assaults and six sexual assaults, said to have taken place on various dates between 2002 and last year.

Below is a round-up of the last week in court.

WEDNESDAY

Three men who prosecutors say were sexually assaulted by Evans did not consider themselves victims of any offence, a jury has heard.

None of them wanted to make a complaint to the police, who in each of their cases contacted them.

One said he forgave the MP’s alleged advances and said he had not expected “in a million years” to find himself in court giving evidence.

He compared Evans’ alleged actions more than a decade ago to “a drunken 14-year-old-old at a disco”.

THURSDAY

A young man who demanded Evans resign after allegedly sexually molesting him was told, ‘It can’t be done’ before the general election by the Tory chief whip.

Evans allegedly molested the complainant by putting his hand inside his boxer shorts as he slept at Evans’ house in July 2009.

Two days later, a meeting was arranged with Patrick McLoughlin, then the Tory chief whip, in his House of Commons office.

The young mansaid he told Mr McLoughlin, John Randall MP and Iain Corby, a Tory policy researcher, about the incident at the meeting.

He said he wanted Evans to resign, but was told ‘It can’t be done. The timing is not right’.

FRIDAY

Evans was ‘in love’ with a Westminster worker he allegedly sexually assaulted, the court heard.

The MP fell for the bi-sexual younger man according to his girlfriend.

He is accused of assaulting the young man at his home in the village of Pendleton, near Clitheroe, in 2009.

The complainant’s girlfriend at the time said she thought the MP was in love with her then boyfriend.

The young man told the court after a drinking session he awoke in the night on Evans’ settee to find the MP’s hand inside his boxer shorts.

MONDAY

Tory MP Michael Fabricant said he thought it was “out of character” after being told Evans had sexually assaulted a young man.

Mr Fabricant, vice-chairman of the Conservative Party and MP for Lichfield, told the jury he heard the allegation about his “good friend” Evans in July 2009.

The complainant also spoke to Iain Corby, managing director of the Westminster-based Policy Research Unit.

Mr Corby said he did not think the complainant had a plan as to what the outcome would be and said that when pressed, he told them he wanted Evans to stand down after the next election. He recalled it was discussed as to whether that was proportionate.

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