British Conservative sexual abuse scandal

This video from Britain is called Nigel Evans: Rape Arrest.

After earlier British Conservative party sexual abuse scandals, today from weekly The Observer in Britain:

Tory MP Nigel Evans arrested after sex assault claims by two men

Deputy speaker in House of Commons held and house searched following allegations

Lin Jenkins

Sunday 5 May 2013

MPs from across the political spectrum have expressed shock after the House of Commons deputy speaker and Conservative MP Nigel Evans was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

Detectives visited his home in Pendleton, Lancashire, on Saturday morning following allegations made by two men who were in their 20s at the time of the alleged attacks, which are said to have taken place at the property in July 2009 and March 2013.

The house and his car were searched by officers while Evans was held in custody at Preston police station. He was released on police bail until 19 June.

The prime minister, David Cameron, is understood to have been informed about the arrest of the 55-year-old, MP for Ribble Valley since 1992, one of the few Tory strongholds in the north.

Evans is openly gay, having come out as homosexual in 2010, the year he was elected to his current post. In the 2010 general election Evans retained his seat with a majority of 14,769 over Labour, with Ukip making a then strong showing in fourth place with 3,496, or 6.7% of the vote.

If the police take further action the Tory party will face the prospect of a potentially difficult byelection. With Ukip support surging, Nigel Farage’s party is bound to see the vacancy as an opportunity to establish a foothold in the House of Commons for the first time.

Lancashire police said: “A 55-year-old man from Pendleton in Lancashire has today, Saturday, 4 May 2013, been arrested by Lancashire Constabulary on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. The man will be interviewed at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day. The offences are alleged to have been committed in Pendleton between July 2009 and March 2013.”

Evans, who earns £102,000 a year as an MP and deputy speaker, was first elected as a councillor, while working in his family’s newsagent business, to West Glamorgan county council in 1985. Five years later he became leader of the Conservative group.

Evans is known as a rightwinger who voted against the minimum wage and is a strong Eurosceptic. Originally from Swansea, he was John Major’s spokesman on Welsh affairs. He held various positions as a parliamentary private secretary in Major’s government including to Tony Baldry in the ministry of agriculture, food and fisheries. In 1999 he was appointed as vice-chairman of the Conservative party, a post he held until 2001.

At the time of his coming out as gay he said he was tired of living a lie and dealing with threats of blackmail from political enemies. He came out at the launch of a parliamentary group set up to help MPs and staff at the Palace of Westminster to be open about their sexuality.

“I could not afford it to be used as leverage against me. I couldn’t take the risk. I don’t want any other MP to face that kind of nastiness again. I am sure there are other gay MPs who would like to be open about their sexuality but are fearful of the consequences. I hope this new group will help them to do so,” he said.

In an interview shortly after announcing he was gay he said he regretted supporting section 28, the law introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s government banning the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities in schools.

He said: “I was confused about how to protect youngsters at school. The law did the opposite of what was intended. We shouldn’t have been telling young people that being gay was wrong.”

Asked in a newspaper interview why it had taken him so long to publicly disclose his sexuality, he said: “Growing up in the 60s, it just wasn’t done.

“There were just as many gay politicians as there are now but none of them was out. I realised I was gay when I was about 12 or 13, though at the time I wished I wasn’t. I thought I might just be going through a phase and that it would fade away. I had a girlfriend.

“I suppressed it. In those days you kept it quiet. It was more or less impossible to enter politics – in either party – as an openly gay person. When Margaret Thatcher was asked about homosexuals in the party, she said: ‘Oh, we don’t talk about those sort of things.’ It was all swept under the carpet.”

UKIP Scotland spokesman under fire for saying ‘selfish’ gays want to ‘destroy our society’: here.

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