High profile British politician resigns over video allegedly showing him taking drugs with prostitutes
A high profile British politician has resigned as Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords after a video emerged allegedly showing him taking drugs with prostitutes.
In the film obtained by the Sun on Sunday, Lord Sewel, who had responsibility for enforcing standards in the Upper House, is shown with two women at his flat in Dolphin Square, Pimlico, a couple of miles from parliament.
In the Sun on Sunday footage a naked Lord Sewel is seen snorting white powder from a woman’s breasts using a five-pound note.
In between snorting lines of white powder, Lord Sewel is heard complaining that he struggles to afford the £1,000 a month rent on the flat.
The peer is asked whether he receives expenses and explains that he now gets a flat-rate allowance of £200 a day.
“It’s all changed and disappeared. People were making false claims,” he said. “Members of her Lordship’s House who are right thieves, rogues and b*****ds at times. Wonderful people that they are.”
He is now facing a police investigation after Lords speaker Baroness D’Souza branded the peer’s behaviour “shocking and unacceptable” and said she was calling in Scotland Yard.
“Today’s revelations about the behaviour of Lord Sewel are both shocking and unacceptable. Lord Sewel has this morning resigned as chairman of committees,” Lady D’Souza said in a statement.
“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.”