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Top Tory Nigel Evans 'staggered' at male rape arrest

By Pat Hurst and Kim Pilling

Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans admitted having sex with a man 33 years his junior but told police: "We are not talking about a wilting flower here."

And the MP, who denies a series of sex offences, told detectives he was "staggered" at being arrested, Preston Crown Court heard.

Evans is said to have raped the young man, then aged 22, following a dinner party at his home in Pendleton, Lancashire, in March 2013.

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." Yesterday the jury heard his answers to police questioning following his arrest on May 4 last year.

Evans (56) told officers: "Was it non-consensual, the answer is no. Had he not wished to have any sexual contact with me he could have said so, which he never did."

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