The Sun on Sunday have released a video of Lord Sewel, which allegedly shows Sewel taking drugs with prostitutes.
The Lord will now face a police inquiry after stepping down from his position. The incriminating footage is said to show a married Lord Sewel snorting a powdered substance (from a woman’s breasts) with a £5 bank note and calling women “whores”.
The video is even more shocking considering Lord Sewel’s role as chairman of committees. Chairing the privileges and conduct committee he was responsible for maintaining high standards in Lords. Sewel explained in a blog post that the Lord’s had taken “major steps [to] protect its reputation and punish misconduct by it’s members”. The former deputy speaker also highlighted the new power of peers to suspend (for any period of time) and even expell misbehaving members.
Lord Sewel’s position as chairman meant that he was automatically made deputy speaker with a salary of £84,000.
Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza labelled Sewel’s behaviour “shocking and unacceptable” before further explaining the situation “Lord Sewel has this morning resigned as chairman of committees…The House of Lords will continue to uphold standards in public life and will not tolerate departure from these standards.
“These serious allegations will be referred to the House of Lords commissioner for standards and the Metropolitan police for investigation as a matter of urgency.”
Sewel has been a member of Lords since 1996, and went on to serve as a minister (for Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries) for the Scottish office, under (a then Tony Blair led) Labour Government. The Sewel Convention was given his name, and referred to the relationship between Westminster and the Scottish government.
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