Lord Sewel has resigned form the House of Lords after being filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes.
Footage obtained by The Sun on Sunday appeared to show the peer snorting cocaine from a table and a woman’s breasts.
On Monday, the Metropolitan Police launched a criminal investigation into “allegations of drug-related offences involving a member of the House of Lords” and searched an address in central London. However, no arrests have been made in the case.
Sewel, who had become under increasing pressure to resign following the revelations, apologised for the “pain and embarrassment” he had caused and said that he hoped his exit would “help repair” the damage to the reputation of the Upper House.
In letter to the Clerk of Parliaments published on Tuesday, Sewel wrote:
“The question of whether my behaviour breached the Code of Conduct is important, but essentially technical.
“The bigger questions are whether my behaviour is compatible with membership of the House of Lords and whether my continued membership would damage and undermine public confidence in the House of Lords.
“I believe the answer to both these questions means that I can best serve the House by leaving it.”
David Cameron said he welcomed Sewel’s decision to resign, but said he had no plans to reform the Lords after failing to secure support for reforms during the last government.