British Lord in cocaine scandal seeks leave of absence
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.