Media attention will be focused on Preston Crown Court again as former deputy speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans, goes on trial today.
He is accused of sexual offences against seven men.
In the trial set to last at least four weeks the Ribble Valley MP faces nine charges dating from 2002 to 1 April 2013.
Evans denies all the charges.
On his Facebook page, Evans thanks his supporters over the past ten months and says “it has meant so much and given me strength. I will not be commenting on the events in Preston over the next few weeks for obvious reasons”
The MP will continue to hold surgeries throughout the Ribble Valley during the process and his staff will be available for consultation in his Clitheroe office.
Evans says “With certain limitations I intend to continue my work for the people who have put me where I have been for the last 22 years- at the heart of the Ribble Valley and at the heart of public service. Thank you.”