British lord exposed in ‘drugs and prostitutes’ romp
A deputy speaker of Britain’s House of Lords responsible for upholding standards was facing calls Monday to quit the chamber after he was filmed allegedly snorting drugs off a prostitute’s chest.
Lord John Sewel resigned as deputy speaker of parliament’s upper house and chairman of its privileges and conduct committee — an £82,525 ($128,000, 115,600 euros) a year post — following a sting in The Sun newspaper on Sunday.
However, he remains under pressure to stand down from the chamber altogether.
The police are aware of The Sun’s footage showing him partying naked with two women and snorting a white powder, alleged to be cocaine.
The main opposition Labour Party also suspended his membership Monday.
The video showed the married 69-year-old father with a rolled-up five-pound note wedged in his left nostril, sniffing powder from a woman’s breasts and from a tabletop.
The former government minister is also seen relaxing in an orange bra and leather jacket belonging to one of the prostitutes in a picture published on Monday.
Lords Speaker Baroness Frances D’Souza said the “revelations about the behavior of Lord Sewel” were “shocking and unacceptable.”
“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,” she said.
If he is found to have breached the code of conduct, Sewel could become the first peer to be expelled from the Lords under rules he helped to introduce.
A police spokesman said: “We are aware of The Sun’s report. Any complaints we receive will be fully investigated.”
In the video, Sewel is heard discussing the allowance he gets as a peer and telling the two women: “It’s not (for) lunch, luvvie darling — it’s paying for this.”