Nigel Evans, who was cleared last week of sexual assault and rape, has described the last 11 months as torturous, and believes the case should never have been brought to trial.

Speaking on the Today programme, Evans said he didn’t ‘blame the prosecution for throwing everything including the kitchen sink at him’ but ‘even when they did that, it simply did not work’.

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He has now asked Keith Vaz to look at the issue of anonymity in such cases. He also stated that he was not seeking to return to his position as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, but is keen to use his prominent position to speak out on behalf of others who ‘go through the mill’.

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