Convicted rapist Ched Evans has urged the public to “think really long and hard” before voting for Nick Clegg again in upcoming elections.
Evans, a Wales international footballer who was jailed in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman, said “When you elect an MP, you are not just taking on a representative for your community, you are electing a role model. You have to ask yourself ‘do this man’s actions over the last few years make him the sort of person we want our kids looking up to?’ and I would suggest the answer is a resounding ‘no’.”
Polls indicate that the people of Sheffield Hallam are considering re-electing Clegg to represent them, but Evans says that he would not be comfortable with that until Clegg has “shown remorse and said sorry” for his part in repeatedly shafting millions of people.
“People will say that he has served his time, by working closely with David Cameron, but I don’t believe that you can somehow just wish away the facts of what he has done.” explained Evans, “Some of the students who voted for him were still only 18 at the time that he first shafted them. That is why I think it would be a sad day for politics in the UK if he was allowed back in.”
“It’s a terribly sad episode and I’m aware that we’re talking about a man’s livelihood here, but I would not want to see him back in parliament until he acknowledges that what he did was wrong and shows some remorse for his actions.”