Ribble Valley locals backing MP Nigel Evans

This Is Lancashire: Olwen Flynn of Fulwood, Preston, raises a smile from the troubled MP Olwen Flynn of Fulwood, Preston, raises a smile from the troubled MP

IN the Clitheroe street they came up, hugged Mr Evans and shook his hand.

People stopped the MP to urge him to stand again next year.

Hazel Lancaster, aged 72 from Clitheroe. said: “I told him stand up, don’t stand down.

“He’s been a great MP and helped me when my husband Robert lost his leg. I want him to stand will vote for him.”

Bert Walmsley, aged 92 from Waddington, said: “I am pleased for him. I will vote for him. I feel sorry for what he gone through.”

Welshwoman Olwen Flynn, 72, a former constituent, now living in Fulwood, Preston, said: “I would vote for him. I never doubted he was innocent.”

They were examples of what Clitheroe Mayor Kevin Horkin called ‘a fantastic reaction’ to Mr Evans’ acquittal.

Despite this outpouring of support, the MP has a hard task to recover his reputation after the picture painted at the trial.

It will not be easy to convince his party and Ribble Valley voters he is a fit and proper person to represent them after May next year.

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4:10pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Suppose it takes all sorts !!!
Suppose it takes all sorts !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 13

6:09pm Wed 16 Apr 14

yyy's1 says...

The people of the Ribble Valley need to take a good look at themselves.
The people of the Ribble Valley need to take a good look at themselves. yyy's1
  • Score: 15

6:39pm Wed 16 Apr 14

East_lancs_lad says...

Task to recover after the picture was painted at the trial ? ........wtf that picture was painted because whilst he was found not guilty of the assault etc he did participate on numerous occasions of nothing that can be described as sleazy and sorrid behaviour
Task to recover after the picture was painted at the trial ? ........wtf that picture was painted because whilst he was found not guilty of the assault etc he did participate on numerous occasions of nothing that can be described as sleazy and sorrid behaviour East_lancs_lad
  • Score: 16

7:09pm Wed 16 Apr 14

shytalk says...

Ribble Valley locals backing MP Nigel Evans. Says who? I'm local and i'm not backing him.
Ribble Valley locals backing MP Nigel Evans. Says who? I'm local and i'm not backing him. shytalk
  • Score: 17

7:13pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I came from a very poor left wing family If some one had told me thirty years ago that I would be defending a Tory MP I would have probably have punched them in the face and told them what to do. But here I am and here is why, Nigel has been described as one of the good guys in Parliament with no shortage of MPs and peers willing to speak up for him. Nigel has earned the respect of many of his constituents through his hard work and the fact he get results, always extremely pleasant and helpful no matter if you are rich or poor. Many of us had a pretty good idea he was gay many, many years back and have had a titter about it, but so what it's no big deal. Good luck and don't let the barstewards grind you down your one of the good Tories.
I came from a very poor left wing family If some one had told me thirty years ago that I would be defending a Tory MP I would have probably have punched them in the face and told them what to do. But here I am and here is why, Nigel has been described as one of the good guys in Parliament with no shortage of MPs and peers willing to speak up for him. Nigel has earned the respect of many of his constituents through his hard work and the fact he get results, always extremely pleasant and helpful no matter if you are rich or poor. Many of us had a pretty good idea he was gay many, many years back and have had a titter about it, but so what it's no big deal. Good luck and don't let the barstewards grind you down your one of the good Tories. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: -11

7:51pm Wed 16 Apr 14

truth-teller says...

He was found not guilty! I bet if anyone was to have their dirty laundry aired in public like what has been with Nigel Evans a large percentage wouldn't come out too clean. Give the guy a break and let him try and rebuild his career
He was found not guilty! I bet if anyone was to have their dirty laundry aired in public like what has been with Nigel Evans a large percentage wouldn't come out too clean. Give the guy a break and let him try and rebuild his career truth-teller
  • Score: -14

9:59pm Wed 16 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

I bet he does not stand in the next election
I bet he does not stand in the next election 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -18

9:59pm Wed 16 Apr 14

kenbro says...

Amazing how far we have come when you remember what happened to that genius of the war, Alan Turing of Bletchley Park. Being gay is not a choice.
Amazing how far we have come when you remember what happened to that genius of the war, Alan Turing of Bletchley Park. Being gay is not a choice. kenbro
  • Score: 19

10:44pm Wed 16 Apr 14

PlasticD says...

The Ribble Valley has been raped by the Conservative party, with their ambition to build anywhere,just to feed the party trough. Nigel may have been found innocent but his party certainly isn't. I think it's time to say thanks but no thanks at the next election. UKIP is the way forward, straight talking with no hidden agenda just to feed the Tory party elite.
The Ribble Valley has been raped by the Conservative party, with their ambition to build anywhere,just to feed the party trough. Nigel may have been found innocent but his party certainly isn't. I think it's time to say thanks but no thanks at the next election. UKIP is the way forward, straight talking with no hidden agenda just to feed the Tory party elite. PlasticD
  • Score: 29

10:54pm Wed 16 Apr 14

PlasticD says...

kenbro wrote:
Amazing how far we have come when you remember what happened to that genius of the war, Alan Turing of Bletchley Park. Being gay is not a choice.
I agree to some extent, but Alan Turing focussed on the war at hand, rather than spending most of his time getting **** and socialising at our expense, whilst ignoring the task at hand.
[quote][p][bold]kenbro[/bold] wrote: Amazing how far we have come when you remember what happened to that genius of the war, Alan Turing of Bletchley Park. Being gay is not a choice.[/p][/quote]I agree to some extent, but Alan Turing focussed on the war at hand, rather than spending most of his time getting **** and socialising at our expense, whilst ignoring the task at hand. PlasticD
  • Score: 17

3:39am Thu 17 Apr 14

kenbro says...

PlasticD wrote:
kenbro wrote: Amazing how far we have come when you remember what happened to that genius of the war, Alan Turing of Bletchley Park. Being gay is not a choice.
I agree to some extent, but Alan Turing focussed on the war at hand, rather than spending most of his time getting **** and socialising at our expense, whilst ignoring the task at hand.
From the comments of some of his constituents Plastic, it sounds as if he was one of the MP's that took his job seriously. If that is true, he just might be re-elected.
Very few people will ever come close to doing what Turing did for Britain.
[quote][p][bold]PlasticD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kenbro[/bold] wrote: Amazing how far we have come when you remember what happened to that genius of the war, Alan Turing of Bletchley Park. Being gay is not a choice.[/p][/quote]I agree to some extent, but Alan Turing focussed on the war at hand, rather than spending most of his time getting **** and socialising at our expense, whilst ignoring the task at hand.[/p][/quote]From the comments of some of his constituents Plastic, it sounds as if he was one of the MP's that took his job seriously. If that is true, he just might be re-elected. Very few people will ever come close to doing what Turing did for Britain. kenbro
  • Score: -7

9:17am Thu 17 Apr 14

mavrick says...

Whilst I sympathise with what he has been through and agree the innocent should not have to pay. I remember when it came to the vote to cut legal aid he voted for it. I hope he now realises the real pain of the Tory cuts and is willing to stand up to people like IDS. I do wonder what would happen if it was an ordinary person? House sold etc, misery for innocence. I still say you get the justice you can afford in this Americanised judicial system.
Whilst I sympathise with what he has been through and agree the innocent should not have to pay. I remember when it came to the vote to cut legal aid he voted for it. I hope he now realises the real pain of the Tory cuts and is willing to stand up to people like IDS. I do wonder what would happen if it was an ordinary person? House sold etc, misery for innocence. I still say you get the justice you can afford in this Americanised judicial system. mavrick
  • Score: 21

10:57am Thu 17 Apr 14

shytalk says...

PlasticD wrote:
The Ribble Valley has been raped by the Conservative party, with their ambition to build anywhere,just to feed the party trough. Nigel may have been found innocent but his party certainly isn't. I think it's time to say thanks but no thanks at the next election. UKIP is the way forward, straight talking with no hidden agenda just to feed the Tory party elite.
Very well said PlasticD...it's time people woke up and take a proper look at the corruption that has embedded itself in British politics.
Any party that puts gay marriage before dealing with poverty and children and pensioners going hungry is not worthy of a vote.
[quote][p][bold]PlasticD[/bold] wrote: The Ribble Valley has been raped by the Conservative party, with their ambition to build anywhere,just to feed the party trough. Nigel may have been found innocent but his party certainly isn't. I think it's time to say thanks but no thanks at the next election. UKIP is the way forward, straight talking with no hidden agenda just to feed the Tory party elite.[/p][/quote]Very well said PlasticD...it's time people woke up and take a proper look at the corruption that has embedded itself in British politics. Any party that puts gay marriage before dealing with poverty and children and pensioners going hungry is not worthy of a vote. shytalk
  • Score: 15

12:08pm Thu 17 Apr 14

BrianWilki says...

It is false when Nigel Evans claims to compare his trial to ‘historic’ trials.
He was arrested for 3 charges in April last year, 7 of the 9 carges were in a 3 year period prior to his arrest.

If there is a comparison to be made it’s with ‘Domestic Offences’
Here there is pressure for both sides to protect the family and children.
If the accuser ‘spikes’ the prosecution by changing her story or introducing inconsistency and doubt, the jury will dismiss the case and the accused walks free.
That’s a good result for the complainant because there is no imprisonment and no fine to hurt the family, and the accused is chastened.
It happens all the time and the main reason the police don’t like ‘domestics’

That is exactly what happened in the Evans case, the witnesses went ‘Wobbly’.

The maim accuser who had complained of rape changed his story in the witness box. The impact of a changed story on any jury would inevitably destroy the credibility of any prosecution particularly when other witness’s lacked conviction.

The witness’s on both sides have a ‘family’, it is Parliament with it’s workforce of 600 containing a disproportionately large number of convicted criminals. Even during this 2 week trial we could hear the cry of ‘thief’ when Peter Bone and Maria Miller surfaced, and ‘cover up’ when they were let off by political appointees. Parliament is desperate to get Evans and every other crooked MP off the hook.

What could these desperate lawmakers do to protect their ‘family’.

Certainly there was such a parade of heavyweight politicians as have never before been seen in a criminal trial.
Was their attendance in such numbers really necessary? or were they there to intimidate these young men who were all on the threshold of a political career?

We saw their methods in the Damien Green arrest when they suborned Christopher Galley a young Civil Servant. Our lawmakers seduced him when they offered him a job. In payment Galley had to ‘Sell his soul’ and ‘Break his oath’. Another criminal conspiracy committed by another gang of crooked lawmakers and all let off by a political appointee.

Nigel Evans is correct the public need an enquiry into why this intelligent young intern changed his story.
It is false when Nigel Evans claims to compare his trial to ‘historic’ trials. He was arrested for 3 charges in April last year, 7 of the 9 carges were in a 3 year period prior to his arrest. If there is a comparison to be made it’s with ‘Domestic Offences’ Here there is pressure for both sides to protect the family and children. If the accuser ‘spikes’ the prosecution by changing her story or introducing inconsistency and doubt, the jury will dismiss the case and the accused walks free. That’s a good result for the complainant because there is no imprisonment and no fine to hurt the family, and the accused is chastened. It happens all the time and the main reason the police don’t like ‘domestics’ That is exactly what happened in the Evans case, the witnesses went ‘Wobbly’. The maim accuser who had complained of rape changed his story in the witness box. The impact of a changed story on any jury would inevitably destroy the credibility of any prosecution particularly when other witness’s lacked conviction. The witness’s on both sides have a ‘family’, it is Parliament with it’s workforce of 600 containing a disproportionately large number of convicted criminals. Even during this 2 week trial we could hear the cry of ‘thief’ when Peter Bone and Maria Miller surfaced, and ‘cover up’ when they were let off by political appointees. Parliament is desperate to get Evans and every other crooked MP off the hook. What could these desperate lawmakers do to protect their ‘family’. Certainly there was such a parade of heavyweight politicians as have never before been seen in a criminal trial. Was their attendance in such numbers really necessary? or were they there to intimidate these young men who were all on the threshold of a political career? We saw their methods in the Damien Green arrest when they suborned Christopher Galley a young Civil Servant. Our lawmakers seduced him when they offered him a job. In payment Galley had to ‘Sell his soul’ and ‘Break his oath’. Another criminal conspiracy committed by another gang of crooked lawmakers and all let off by a political appointee. Nigel Evans is correct the public need an enquiry into why this intelligent young intern changed his story. BrianWilki
  • Score: -15

1:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

truth-teller wrote:
He was found not guilty! I bet if anyone was to have their dirty laundry aired in public like what has been with Nigel Evans a large percentage wouldn't come out too clean. Give the guy a break and let him try and rebuild his career
He'll soon be back in his primary job as Deputy Speaker at the house of commons and the Ribble Valley will again be a rudderless ship, at the mercy of all the developers who want pillage our countryside and communities.
[quote][p][bold]truth-teller[/bold] wrote: He was found not guilty! I bet if anyone was to have their dirty laundry aired in public like what has been with Nigel Evans a large percentage wouldn't come out too clean. Give the guy a break and let him try and rebuild his career[/p][/quote]He'll soon be back in his primary job as Deputy Speaker at the house of commons and the Ribble Valley will again be a rudderless ship, at the mercy of all the developers who want pillage our countryside and communities. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 25

11:31pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

PlasticD wrote:
The Ribble Valley has been raped by the Conservative party, with their ambition to build anywhere,just to feed the party trough. Nigel may have been found innocent but his party certainly isn't. I think it's time to say thanks but no thanks at the next election. UKIP is the way forward, straight talking with no hidden agenda just to feed the Tory party elite.
UKIP is just like the Conservative Party, probably a bit closer to the Nazi Party but yes very similar.
[quote][p][bold]PlasticD[/bold] wrote: The Ribble Valley has been raped by the Conservative party, with their ambition to build anywhere,just to feed the party trough. Nigel may have been found innocent but his party certainly isn't. I think it's time to say thanks but no thanks at the next election. UKIP is the way forward, straight talking with no hidden agenda just to feed the Tory party elite.[/p][/quote]UKIP is just like the Conservative Party, probably a bit closer to the Nazi Party but yes very similar. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 8

9:58am Fri 18 Apr 14

RV_blue says...

This looks like a like a massive PR stunt in a desperate attempt to repair his damaged reputation. Are the people supporting him condoning his appalling behavior? I don't want this man representing us and the Ribble Valley in parliament and I can guarantee there are thousands of others that feel the same way. Evans should do the decent thing and resign.
This looks like a like a massive PR stunt in a desperate attempt to repair his damaged reputation. Are the people supporting him condoning his appalling behavior? I don't want this man representing us and the Ribble Valley in parliament and I can guarantee there are thousands of others that feel the same way. Evans should do the decent thing and resign. RV_blue
  • Score: 26

3:39pm Fri 18 Apr 14

JNAMOULDING says...

firstly Nigel Evans was warned on more than one occasion by Westminster about his behavour after complaints about his unwelcome sexual touching of male collegues but ignored their advice and in my own opinion lead to jealousy from his male love rivals who no doubt made the allegations against him that lead to him being charged with rape ect ,
now Mr Evans complains he is faced with 130K legal bill and think's the taxpayer should pay yet it was he who voted in favour for legal aid cut's leaving working class without access to Justice unless of course you are like Nigel Evans ,most working people would be lucky to have £130 in savings how would they manage if faced with legal fees they would have to defend themself against high flying Barristers who are paid for by the taxpayer and if a person is inocent they could be found Guilty because of no legal defense ,if Nigel Evans think's thats fair he is on planet pluto''
he might well have support from Ribble Vally but cheak out Twitter #NigelEvans
firstly Nigel Evans was warned on more than one occasion by Westminster about his behavour after complaints about his unwelcome sexual touching of male collegues but ignored their advice and in my own opinion lead to jealousy from his male love rivals who no doubt made the allegations against him that lead to him being charged with rape ect , now Mr Evans complains he is faced with 130K legal bill and think's the taxpayer should pay yet it was he who voted in favour for legal aid cut's leaving working class without access to Justice unless of course you are like Nigel Evans ,most working people would be lucky to have £130 in savings how would they manage if faced with legal fees they would have to defend themself against high flying Barristers who are paid for by the taxpayer and if a person is inocent they could be found Guilty because of no legal defense ,if Nigel Evans think's thats fair he is on planet pluto'' he might well have support from Ribble Vally but cheak out Twitter #NigelEvans JNAMOULDING
  • Score: 21

4:09pm Fri 18 Apr 14

JNAMOULDING says...

RV_blue wrote:
This looks like a like a massive PR stunt in a desperate attempt to repair his damaged reputation. Are the people supporting him condoning his appalling behavior? I don't want this man representing us and the Ribble Valley in parliament and I can guarantee there are thousands of others that feel the same way. Evans should do the decent thing and resign.
cheak out Twitter #NigelEvans se who's supporting who ?
[quote][p][bold]RV_blue[/bold] wrote: This looks like a like a massive PR stunt in a desperate attempt to repair his damaged reputation. Are the people supporting him condoning his appalling behavior? I don't want this man representing us and the Ribble Valley in parliament and I can guarantee there are thousands of others that feel the same way. Evans should do the decent thing and resign.[/p][/quote]cheak out Twitter #NigelEvans se who's supporting who ? JNAMOULDING
  • Score: 20

11:47pm Tue 22 Apr 14

AnimalReid says...

Local man Dave Plywood, 64, said:
...
'I shook Nigel warmly by the hand and wished him the best of luck. Nigel then grabbed my backside, shoved his hands down my pants and thanked me for my support'
...
'He certainy gets my vote'.
Local man Dave Plywood, 64, said: ... 'I shook Nigel warmly by the hand and wished him the best of luck. Nigel then grabbed my backside, shoved his hands down my pants and thanked me for my support' ... 'He certainy gets my vote'. AnimalReid
  • Score: 7

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