Bri­tish Lord in co­caine scan­dal seeks leave of ab­sence

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

LON­DON — House of Lords mem­ber John Sewel has re­quested a leave of ab­sence while po­lice and Par­lia­ment in­ves­ti­gate his al­leged drug use and sex­ual be­hav­iour. He was filmed and pho­tographed in an al­leged co­caine-and-sex ses­sion with pros­ti­tutes that has al­ready cost him his po­si­tion as deputy speaker. Sewel said Mon­day he has “no in­ten­tion” of re­turn­ing to the House of Lords un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been com­pleted. He said he be­lieves his de­ci­sion is con­sis­tent with due process. The Sun news­pa­per on Mon­day pub­lished a front-page pho­to­graph of Sewel wear­ing an or­ange bra be­long­ing to one of the pros­ti­tutes. He was also heard in a video talk­ing about Bri­tish po­lit­i­cal fig­ures. A po­lice state­ment said a war­rant was ex­e­cuted in cen­tral Lon­don Mon­day as part of an in­quiry into “al­le­ga­tions of drug-re­lated of­fences in­volv- ing a mem­ber of the House of Lords.” Po­lice said no ar­rests had been made “at this stage.” As deputy speaker, one of his roles was en­forc­ing stan­dards in the House of Lords. He was a Labour Party ally of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair.


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