Lord Sewel suspended from the Labour party following drug and prostitution allegations

 
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Former Labour minister Lord Sewel is now not affiliated with any party (Source: Getty)

After allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes, Lord Sewel has been suspended by the Labour party and has been urged to stand down from the House of Lords.

While Sewel has not yet made a comment on the claims, he has already resigned as Lords deputy speaker and chairman of the Lords privileges and conduct committee.

Read more: Lord Sewel resigns as House of Lords deputy speaker after Sun on Sunday alleges drug taking

This follows the Sun on Sunday’s footage allegedly showing the peer snorting powder from a woman’s breasts with a £5 note.

The House of Lords Suspension and Expulsion Act 2015, which Lord Sewel himself helped to introduce, allows peers to be barred from parliament if they breach the code of conduct.

The code says members must "always act on their personal honour".

Labour MP John Mann told the BBC that Lord Sewel has no choice "but to resign from the House of Lords".

He is a disgrace. He should retire and resign immediately.

A lifetime ban would be the committee's only option. He needs to save them and himself further embarrassment and go now.

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