Evans was led from the dock in tears as local supporters and friends in the gallery erupted into cheers.
Not guilty on eight counts.
UPDATE: The Guardian are withering in their destruction of the CPS case against Evans:
“The prosecution case against Nigel Evans, the former Commons deputy speaker, began to fall apart as soon as his accusers entered the witness box. One by one, the young men trooped into Preston crown court and said they did not consider themselves victims of any criminal offence, nor had they wanted to complain to police.”
Tories: "discussions will be had in coming days" about restoring the whip to Nigel Evans. "They haven't happened yet, they can happen now."—
Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) April 10, 2014