Police search Commons office of MP Nigel Evans

Mr Nigel Evans-a deputy speaker of the House of Commons, was arrested earlier this month, because of sexual assault allegations, which were denied by him. Evans will not resume his duties, until an official outcome.  Ribble Valley was also questioned by the police, but he also classed the allegations as “completely false”.

After a warrant was approved by Preston Crown Court, an official search in the Commons office was conducted on Sunday. John Bercow (Commons speaker) said he considered the warrant and had taken legal advice before allowing the search.

The Lancashire Police said they had searched offices in London , adding that  they had “gone through all the appropriate and necessary procedures before taking this step”.

In a statement at the start of parliamentary business, Mr Bercow said he had been advised “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”. “The Serjeant at Arms and Speaker’s Counsel were present when the search was conducted,” he added. “Undertakings have been given by the police officers as to the handling of any parliamentary material until such time as any issue of privilege is resolved.”