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Speaker resigns in video shame

The deputy speaker of the House of Lords has resigned his position after the publication of photos and a video which allegedly showed him using cocaine while with prostitutes.

Lords Speaker Baroness D'Souza yesterday called John Sewel's alleged behaviour "shocking and unacceptable" and said she is calling in police to investigate on an urgent basis.

She said Sewel has stepped down from his special position in Britain's upper house. He remains a member of the House of Lords.