Toronto Star

Deputy speaker quits over cocaine video


John Sewel has stepped down as deputy speaker of the House of Lords after publicatio­n of photos and a video allegedly showing him using cocaine with prostitute­s.

Lords Speaker Baroness D’Souza called Sewel’s alleged behaviour “shocking and unacceptab­le” and said she is calling in police to investigat­e on an urgent basis.

The Sun on Sunday published photograph­s of him naked and appearing to snort cocaine along with snippets of his conversati­ons with women said to be prostitute­s.

Sewel remains a member of the House of Lords. As deputy speaker, one of his roles was enforcing standards in the house.

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