Ribble Valley’s Nigel Evans: ‘I do not sexually assault people’

Nigel Evans
Nigel Evans

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans admitted having sex with a man 33 years his junior, but told police he was “staggered” at being arrested, and accused of rape.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans admitted having sex with a man 33 years his junior, but told police he was “staggered” at being arrested, and accused of rape.

Evans is said to have raped the young man, then in his early 20s, following a dinner party at his home in Pendleton, Lancashire, in March 2013.

Preston Crown Court heard his answers to questions from detectives at Preston Police Station following his arrest on May 4 last year.

Evans, 56, told officers: “Did I have sexual contact with him, the answer is yes. Was it non-consensual, the answer is no.”

The MP said after drinking champagne and red wine his other dinner guests left his home, leaving him alone with the young man, who was intending to stay over in his spare room.

They began “caressing and kissing” downstairs and Evans said when he went 
upstairs the young man said: “Should I follow you?” to which the MP said “Yes”, and they each took their own clothes off and had sex.

Evans told officers: “At what stage he thought what was going to happen was not consensual, I’m a bit mystified. Had he not wished to have any sexual contact with me he could have said so, which he never did.”

Speaking about the 
alleged victim who, he said, followed him to bed, Evans told police: “We are not talking about a wilting flower here. We are talking about someone who is gay and knows I am gay.”

Evans was then questioned about the alleged sexual assault of a Westminster worker at the MP’s home in 2009. He was said to have put his hand down the boxer shorts of the complainant as he slept on his sofa and touched his genitals.

Evans said he had fallen asleep in a chair and, fully clothed, he had lifted the duvet and got under the covers where they “nestled together”.

“He seemed very, very comfortable with that,” the MP said. “At no stage did he say ‘get out of bed’. He actually seemed to enjoy it.”

He said his arm wandered down but it was pushed away and he went back to sleep. Evans said a few minutes later his hand wandered down again, but this time the complainant said “no, stop, stop”.

Evans went on to tell the detectives that he considered his current relations with the complainant were “still incredibly friendly”.

An indecent assault is 
alleged to have occurred in the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, during the 2003 
Tory Party conference, when Evans is said to have put his hands down the trousers of a young man.

Evans told officers he had a “vague recollection” of the alleged complainant, but 
denied any physical contact between the two.

The MP told police it was not something he would do anyway – and certainly not in a room full of MPs, party 
activists and journalists.

Evans said: “I don’t sexually assault people, I don’t sexually assault people in public places and I would be horrified by the suggestion that I would.”

Evans denies one rape, two indecent assaults and six 
sexual assaults.