RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has celebrated his 30 years in Parliament along with the 12 remaining House of Commons colleagues first elected in 1992.

He organised a dinner and reception for them in the Speaker’s Apartments at the Palace of Westminster.

The '92 group have now accrued over 390 years of public service between them.

MPs present at the event included Iain Duncan-Smith, Angela Eagle, Sir Bernard Jenkin, Liam Fox, and Michael Fabricant.

The event was hosted by the Speaker of The House of Commons, Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who was first elected in 1997.

He said the occasion emphasised the work which MPs do collaborating together.

Deputy Speaker Mr Evans said: “I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to bring together my colleagues from across the House of Commons who have put in so many years of hard work for their constituents.

"I am honoured to have been able to be part of this institution for over 30 years now.

“Spending 30 years in Westminster has given me the opportunity to see first-hand the commitment and dedication which Parliamentarians have for this job, and it is particularly humbling to be amongst a group of some of the longest-serving Members.

“I am most grateful to the Speaker, Sir Lindsay, who as ever has been so enthusiastic in commemorating this important milestone for myself and my colleagues.”