Disgraced Lord Sewel FINALLY stands down from the House of Lords and apologises for ’embarrassment’ he caused after being filmed taking cocaine with ‘call girls’
Peer finally quits after realising his membership was damaging the Lords
Sewel, 69, boasted of having sex with mystery BBC presenter in his attic
Peer’s humiliated wife said he was ‘not expected’ to return to marital home
Baron Sewel was filmed snorting cocaine with prostitutes at London flat
Claimed to have spent £12,000 on prostitutes and had sex with 13 others
By MARTIN ROBINSON and MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR and SAM GREENHILL FOR THE DAILY MAIL
28 July 2015
Lord Sewel has today quit the House of Lords and finally apologised for the ‘pain and embarrassment’ he caused his humiliated family.
The disgraced peer caved in to pressure and resigned his peerage saying: ‘I can best serve the House by leaving it’.
He added: ‘I hope my decision will limit and help repair the damage I have done to an institution I hold dear. Finally, I want to apologise for the pain and embarrassment I have caused.’
It came after yet more lurid details about his sex life emerged, including his boast of bedding a mystery BBC presenter.
He told two prostitutes he snorted cocaine with: ‘I had her in the attic’.
Lord Sewel’s reputation is in tatters after a video emerged of him cavorting with two prostitutes in his central London flat, behind the back of his third wife Lady Jennifer.
The married father of four was filmed necking champagne and vodka before using a £5 note to snort lines of cocaine from a table and later from the breasts of a whore 45 years his junior.
Last night a Scotland Yard drugs squad with sniffer dogs raided the London flat where he held his sex and drugs parties. They searched the flat for three hours and left carrying several bags of evidence as part of their investigation.
Sewel, who has not been arrested, is said to have fled the property in Pimlico’s Dolphin Square development on Saturday night and has not been seen since.
The next morning he quit his £84,500-a-year role as deputy speaker of the Lords and chairman of the Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee in the wake of the scandal – but had refused to leave the Lords completely until today.
Lord Sewel’s humiliated wife Lady Jennifer made it known to MailOnline yesterday that he was ‘not expected’ to return to their marital home in Aberdeenshire.
Three days after his sex and cocaine shame was revealed, the disgraced peer has written to Parliament to resign his peerage after accepting ‘his continued membership would damage and undermine public confidence in the Lords.’
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At last, Mr Sewel has done the decent thing and resigned his peerage. Perhaps he finally realized that it was better to jump than wait to be pushed.
If we are to believe him, there are many more of his ilk and worse, still sitting in ‘their lordships’ house’. In fact, the rot has been eating away at its fabric for generations and the rotten edifice is in ruins from an ethical point of view.
No clear out of dead wood, or mandatory retirement age, can now conceivably salvage this institution’s crumbling reputation. If all the perverts, rapists, frauds, coke heads, adulterers and hypocrites were removed who would be left?
Although I deplore Mr Sewel’s depravity and his hypocrisy, I cannot help but admire the shrewd judgement of character reportedly displayed in his frank assessment of David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Alex Salmond and others.
On Cameron, “He is false. He makes one-off commitments and cannot deliver. He is the most facile, superficial prime minister there’s ever been.”
He describes Mayor of London Boris Johnson as “a joke” and a “public school upper class twit” and describes the SNP MP, Alex Salmond, as a “silly, pompous prat”.
Sewel says former PM, Tony Blair, took Britain to war against Iraq “because he fell in love with George Bush” – which suggests undue influence.
He calls Jeremy Corbyn “a romantic idiot” and claims Andy Burnham is “terribly contradictory” going “whichever way the wind is blowing”.
His appraisal of Yvette Cooper is that she is “okay but not strong”, while the other one, whose name escapes me for the moment, is “a Blair supporter who is just too naive”.
In vino veritas.
In an ironic twist of fate Mr Sewel has unintentionally done us all a good turn. By exposing the corruption of public servants who are taking their masters, the public, for a ride, he has helped us see that our political system is urgently in need of real reform.
The most urgent of these reforms is the abolition of the House of Lords and its replacement by an English Parliament, elected on the First Past The Post principle.
It’s good to see the Daily Mirror is now following the lead given by Patria and demanding the abolition of the House of Lords. Where Patria leads others follow.