British Lord Resigns After Video Exposes Cocaine and Hooker-Filled Evening

By McCarton Ackerman 07/28/15

Lord Sewell publicly condemned other members of his chamber for unbecoming behavior just two weeks ago.

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In perhaps the ultimate display of political hypocrisy in 2015, the head of standards in Britain’s House of Lords, the upper chamber of Britain’s Parliament, has resigned after allegedly being caught on tape snorting cocaine off the breasts of a prostitute he purchased for the night.

Lord Sewel of Gilcomstoun was exposed by British tabloid The Sun, which published both pictures of Sewell wearing a bra and footage of the wild night at his home in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The video reportedly showed him revealing that he receives a £200 ($311) allowance for each of the three days per week the House sits, in addition to an annual salary of over $131,000 for serving as chairman of the Lords’ Privileges and Conduct Committee, but that he often spends some of the money on wine and drugs. He then pulled out a lump of cocaine hidden in plastic in the top of a soda bottle.

He also made offensive remarks about Asian women, declaring that they “sort of look innocent, but you know they’re total whores ... that’s a really nice combination, isn’t it?”

Lords Speaker Baroness D’Souza confirmed that Sewel had resigned and called his behavior “shocking and unacceptable ... The House of Lords will continue to uphold standards in public life and will not tolerate departure from these standards.” Sewel also now faces a potential inquiry from the Metropolitan police.

The video is particularly damning since Sewel penned an article for UK Huffington Post just 10 days ago on the “personal honor” of the members of the Lords. He wrote that all members of the Lords obeyed “the seven principles of public life”—integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership—and also condemned the handful of Lords' members who “damage our reputation” through unbecoming behavior.

Earlier this year, police opened a separate criminal inquiry into fraud expenses at the House of Lords. Some members allegedly clocked in to receive their sizable daily allowance of up to £300 ($466), but only spent minutes inside.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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