Many have walked with me including my team at Clitheroe and Westminster, my constituency association, my family, my friends, my constituents and indeed many people who I don't even know have sent messages of support.Mr Evans quit his £102,000-a-year job as Deputy Speaker after being charged last September and has since sat as an independent backbencher.
A meeting took place in which Evans was reminded of his ‘important responsibilities to the post and himself’, the court heard.
He was not to put himself in potentially embarrassing situations and, if he had a drink, he needed to be very careful that he did not put himself in a position where he was ‘out of control’, said Mr Heywood.
The rape complainant, aged 22, told the jury he was raped and sexually assaulted by Evans after a dinner party at the defendant's home in Pendleton, Lancashire, in March last year. In 2003, Evans was said to have indecently assaulted two men in their 20s when he approached them in public places while drunk and put his hand down their trousers - one in a Soho bar and the other at a hotel bar during the 2003 Tory party conference in Blackpool.
Evans admitted he had made a pass and apologised to the young man after he was hauled into the Conservative whips' office, the court heard, but denied he had put his hand in the complainant's boxer shorts.
‘All of the evidence was subjected to careful scrutiny before a decision was taken to charge [Mr Evans]’ he said.
Comparison: The MP said he would not be celebrating, quoting the statement by Coronation Street actor William Roache after he was cleared of rape and assault charges that there 'are no winners in this case''I have dealt with cases involving allegations of rape and sexual assault before.
The court heard that the only costs he can potentially claim back are his travel expenses.
Detective Superintendent Ian Critchley, of Lancashire Police, defended the use of testimony from men who did not regard what they said Mr Evans had done as a crime.
Detective Superintendent Ian Critchley, the force's head of public protection, said: 'We have worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service from an early stage, and all of the evidence was subjected to careful scrutiny before a decision was taken to charge, particularly where complainants did not see themselves as victims.