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UK deputy speaker arrested in rape probe

The deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons, Nigel Evans, was arrested at the weekend on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, but said yesterday the allegations against him were "completely false".

The 55-year-old Conservative MP was detained on Saturday over attacks allegedly carried out at his home in Lancashire between July 2009 and March of this year, police said.

After being granted bail, Evans (above) told reporters: "Yesterday I was interviewed by the police concerning two complaints made by two people who are well known to each other and who until yesterday I had regarded as friends.

"The complaints are completely false and I cannot understand why they have been made."