Peer quits as 'sex and drugs' film goes to the police
A peer who served as a minister under Tony Blair has quit as the House of Lords' Deputy Speaker and is facing a police investigation after he was filmed allegedly snorting drugs off a prostitute.
Baron John Sewel was filmed by a hidden camera as he cavorted with two women in his flat in Dolphin Square, Pimlico.
The video, obtained by the Sun on Sunday newspaper, also appears to show him paying one of the women £200.
At one point, one of the escorts tells him: "You're such a party animal!"
He apparently responds: "I know. Disgusting, isn't it?"
The married peer was also taped saying he wanted an Asian prostitute to join them, adding: "They sort of look innocent but you know they're whores. That's a really nice combination, isn't it?"
Baroness D'Souza, the Speaker of the Lords, announced in a statement that Lord Sewel had resigned as Chairman of Committees, who presides over the Lords when it is in committee.
"Today's revelations about the behaviour of Lord Sewel are both shocking and unacceptable," she said.
"The House of Lords will continue to uphold standards in public life and will not tolerate departure from these standards.
"These serious allegations will be referred to the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards and the Metropolitan Police for investigation as a matter of urgency."
In the film, Sewel is also seen snorting lines of white powder - at one point off one of the women's breasts - through a rolled-up five-pound note.