BRITAIN: House Of Lords Deputy Speaker Resigns In Drugs And Prostitution Scandal

The Telegraph reports:

Parliamentary authorities have called in Scotland Yard after a peer who oversees standards in the House of Lords was pictured allegedly taking cocaine with two prostitutes. Baron Sewel of Gilcomstoun, a Deputy Speaker of the Lords, resigned amid claims he took the Class A drug at a sex party. The House of Lords authorities immediately referred his case to police and dubbed the revelations “shocking and unacceptable”. Lord Sewel, formerly a Labour peer and ally of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, was said to have been caught on video telling the £200-a-night prostitutes that he wanted to “be led astray”. The Lord Speaker issued a strongly-worded statement in which she said Scotland Yard would be asked to investigate. Baroness D’Souza said: “Today’s revelations about the behaviour of Lord Sewel are both shocking and unacceptable. “Lord Sewel has this morning resigned as Chairman of Committees. The House of Lords will continue to uphold standards in public life and will not tolerate departure from these standards”

While Sewel has resigned from his post as deputy speaker, he remains a member of the House Of Lords. For now. More from the Guardian:

He paid women in prostitution for their services in a grace and favour flat in Dolphin Square for which he pays £1,000 a month instead of the going rate of nearly £3,000. This man’s “private life” is subsidised to the hilt by the taxpayer, and that is what really sticks in the craw. That, and his comments about Asian women. He asks if there will be any “nice little young Asian women” at the party, before adding, “they sort of look innocent but you know they are whores”. As he was the guy in the Lords responsible for making sure that his colleagues, his fellow public servants, behaved properly, the notion of “double standards” covers him much less impressively than that unfortunate bra. His awful moaning to the women who charged him £200 a night about how he can’t get by on a Lords allowance of £200 a day is the worst element of the whole scandal. “I do spend it on wine and different things,” he remarked. In reality the allowance for peers is £300 a day, though it does not apply to Sewel. He is paid £120,000 a year, made up of his salary for his part-time work chairing committees in the Lords (£84,525) and his allowance of £36,000 for maintaining a home in London. He complains that he is struggling, and when one of the women asks if his £200 allowance pays for his lunch, he replies: “It’s not lunch luvvie darling, it’s paying for this”. Wow. Is there any real question that he should remain in the House? That he should not be expelled?

  • This pic is proof that getting the correct bra requires a proper fitting and measurement by a trained professional.

    • Rex

      He should have opted for spanx

    • bkmn

      That is why Vitter went for the diapers.

      • 2karmanot

        Hear tell, Vitter went for diapers so he wouldn’t streak the sheets.

    • Nic Peterson

      It’s kind of early to be reaching for the eye bleach, but a boy has to do what a boy has to do.

    • He couldn’t afford a decent bra? Maybe a lace one with a little bow?

    • ultragreen

      That dried blood reddish color doesn’t look very good on him either.

  • bkmn

    I’m sure there is more video.

    • Octavio

      There’s a perfectly restored VW 1300 bug that’s always parked on the street in front of our building. It’s painted a shocking pink the Bettie Page’s signature in black script on the left side of the trunk. All black leather interior. Wonderful car. 🙂

    • 2karmanot

      The House Whip?

      • Bad Tom

        She knows how to get the members to vote the right way.

  • Jeffrey

    Was this really a “departure from the standards” of the House of Lords?

    • ColdCountry

      He got caught.

    • Gindy51

      Hell no, you read books from back in the 1860’s and they’ve been doing this kind of shit for centuries.

    • clay

      letting the photo out, perhaps.

    • Bill_Perdue

      It’s difficult to parody the American and English bankster/ruling classes because they and their lives are vulgar and unbelievable.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dgosa7wkfY

    • Dazzer

      Just to give a serious answer to the light-hearted and entirely warranted question, the answer is ‘most likely No’.

      Although there is a committee on Standards and Privileges,within its purview there is no statement on ‘Bringing the House of Lords into disrepute’. While Peers can be chucked out of the chamber for things like defrauding Parliament, relatively low-level misdemeanours like hiring prostitutes and using coke are not likely to result in any jail time.And if the prostitutes claim that they were paid their money for their time and the sex developed naturally then even prostitution charges get thrown out.

      Also, given the number of closeted gay members of the Lords who regularly hook up with adventurous young men of a willing disposition in a local pub, I doubt they’d want to be giving their own escorts about making money from the Sun.

      As a result, Lord Sewell is likely to resign from public life (albeit not the Lords) and start doing charity work and go into treatment for his ‘coke addiction’ and fade into the background.

  • BearEyes

    a red bra? I’m not sure if it’s rubber or leather from the pictures, but my eyes cannot un-see this.

    • Jeffrey

      plus, it looks like he spilled coke on it, which is a party foul.

  • justmeeeee

    The world needs more fun politicians like this dude.

  • Jeffrey

    I just want to applaud The Sun on not going too tabloid on this cover and keeping it classy. Great job, fellas.

    • Strepsi

      Sometimes, the shoe fits!

      • Octavio

        Even when the red leather bra doesn’t

    • Octavio

      Yeah. They did a great job. 🙂

  • Why do I feel like I’m looking at a pic of Jim Lahey?

  • crewman

    Too bad Tom Rob Ford isn’t mayor of Toronto any more, or he could probably pick up a position there.

    • billbear1961

      Rob Ford!

      I went blank, trying to remember his first name, and had to look it up; but I thought: “OMG, I don’t remember it being Tom, at all!”

      You gave the old bear a fright, crewman!

      • Shy Guy

        I have his business card here. A kind friend in Toronto sent it to me inside a Christmas card, after I mentioned he was world famous.

        I was quite chuffed with it, at the time. 😀

        • billbear1961

          We can send him to Estonia if you like, sweetie.

          Might he help keep Putin at bay?

          🙂

          • Shy Guy

            That’s OK. He’d probably just serve as more evidence of Western moral collapse. 😛

          • billbear1961

            That’s rich, isn’t it, accusations of “moral collapse” coming from Russia’s gangster regime?!

          • Shy Guy

            Isn’t it always the way? “You may be cold and hungry, with no hope of a job, but at least we’re not like those degenerates!”

    • Sashineb

      Oh, please have mercy! Four years of that loon was more than enough. You don’t know what a relief it is to turn on the news and to NOT hear about him every hour!

  • Ninja0980

    Looks like someone is the life of the party.

    • billbear1961

      HE certainly thinks so.

  • billbear1961

    x1.5 for American dollars

    x2 for Canadian

    Meanwhile, the current government is cutting way back, again, on welfare benefits to people in serious need.

    And this man “struggles” on $180,000 USD a year!

    He asks if there will be any “nice little young Asian women” at the party, before adding, “they sort of look innocent but you know they are whores”.

    . . . when one of the women asks if his £200 allowance pays for his lunch, he replies: “It’s not lunch luvvie darling, it’s paying for this”.

    OUT!

    • LonelyLiberal

      If he ate her out, does that count as a lunch expense?

      • billbear1961

        *faints*

        • LonelyLiberal

          Oh, lord. Get the smelling salts. And drag over my fainting couch, Bill needs it.

          • billbear1961

            Is there a cappuccino on hand?

          • Frommer_Gast

            Only Starbucks.

          • billbear1961

            If you’re buying, Liebchen, I won’t be fussy.

            🙂

        • William

          Let me get a cold compress for your forehead.

          • billbear1961

            Thank you, sweet William!

      • lattebud

        And if he picks up an STI, is that a worker’s comp case?

  • fkevin

    The Aristocrats.

    😉

  • Hue-Man

    Frame this story in the discussion about Gawker outing a non-public American.

    Except for the public/non-public issue, this story comes pretty close to the same conclusion – why should our private legal activities in our own homes be a matter of public interest? (I admit the public subsidy part is galling but he had the flat with or without sex-trade workers.)

    Sells a lot of newspapers/webpage clicks.

    • billbear1961

      It is particularly galling in view of the austerity measures.

      This government is cutting back, again, to the sum of £12 billion ($18 billion USD) on welfare benefits to people in serious need.

      And this slob whines he struggles on $180,000 a year while spending his £200 daily allowance on prostitutes whenever he pleases.

      AND the rent he pays on his apartment is one THIRD the going rate!

      THIS reminds me of that GOP congressman from Illinois–Schock–who was forced to resign a few months back over all kinds of financial “irregularities.”

    • Strepsi

      I don’t think it’s even close! Adultery is not illegal, coke and hookers are, and a politician doing illegal things is ALWAYS news.

    • ColdCountry

      I don’t think drugs and prostitution are legal activities.

      • billbear1961

        And even if they were, this is a Peer of the Realm subsidized up to his ugly tits (if not higher) by taxpayers obliged to endure austerity cuts!

      • Hue-Man

        wiki: “In Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland), prostitution itself (the exchange of sexual services for money) is legal, but a number of related activities, including soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel, pimping and pandering, are crimes.”

        “allegedly taking cocaine” – Rob Ford’s antics are a reminder of how difficult it is to support a drug charge. And Ford lied repeatedly and publicly.

        • ColdCountry

          Didn’t know that, thanks!

        • Robert W. Pierce

          Actually, several of our MPs over here are mulling the regulation of the sex industry in the UK, realising it could be another source of tax revenue. At least it would keep it off the streets and make it a respectable business just like any other.

      • StevenMN

        Actually prostitution is a legal in most of the UK and much of Europe. Even our dear friends to the north in Canada have a fairly relaxed view. Its when pimping and trafficking come into play that the law steps in

        • ColdCountry

          Hue-Man pointed that out to me earlier, so… I guess his biggest crime was getting caught.

  • JustSayin’

    As I understand the British political party names, the labour party was an equivalent to some extent of the l
    US Democratic party. Pro gay anti gun etc.

    If that is correct he’s a john Edwards but with hookers and drugs..

    No matter his affiliation or what he supports outing him for his hypocrisy is a good thing.

    • Labour is center-left, so yeah, similar to our Dems.

      Definitely not Lib Dems, though, or SNP.

      • Bill_Perdue

        The Us equivalent of the Democrats are the Tories, not Labour.

  • Roll Call

    In the United States we have Aaron Schock, who would look better in that bra, at least. And David Vitter. And Mark Sanford. And Newt Gingrich. And Dennis Hastert. And so on, and so on, and so on.

  • SunsetGay

    “If you must use whores, for God sakes, go to a decent knocking shop where they understand the meaning of discretion. Stamper will give you a list if you don’t know any yourself.” — British Prime Minister Francis Urquhart, House of Cards UK, 1990

    • billbear1961

      Yes, but that’s when he was still Chief Whip!

    • another_steve

      What a wonderful series that was. So popular here in the States that the Public Television stations still rerun it from time to time.

      After you watch a bunch of the excellent, superbly written and superbly acted U.K. series, it’s impossible to go back to the TV dreck produced here in the U.S.

      Just impossible.

  • Awkward.

    • billbear1961

      British understatement!

    • Sk3ptic

      Another entry for Awkward Family Photos.

      • William

        Daddy! Mummy? Daddy? Mummy?

  • Lord Sewer

    And you know what poetry those little Asian whores would be calling this man?

    That’s right. Lord Sewer.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Diaper Boy Vitter approves.

  • oikos

    If this were in the US, they wouldn’t resign, they would be a republican candidate for Prez.

    • Gustav2

      Or stay the Senator from Louisiana.

      • BearEyes

        Diaper Boy

      • coram nobis

        It depends.

    • billbear1961

      Jeebus has forgiven me!

      Praise Jeebus!

      Now, strip all those dangerous, nasty queers of their rights!!

  • LonelyLiberal

    Oh, honey. It’s not even a tasteful bra.

  • Gil

    When will people learn that it’s black bra with black leather jacket ? That’s the real crime here.

    • 2karmanot

      And if the kinky boots are white vinyl , it has to be Vegas.

    • People4Humanity

      ¿OITNB?

  • Octavio

    LOL! Oh now, now lovie darling. Lord Sewel most certainly isn’t the first or the worst member of Parliament to have a bit of slap and tickle with some toot up his pickle. “They look innocent, but you know . . . they’re whores.” Priceless. 🙂

    • MaryOGrady

      Racist, corrupt *and* disgusting: a perfect trifecta.

  • 2karmanot

    The English are so good at this sort of thing! Bravo, Sir, Bravo.

  • Gustav2

    My goodness. what will Violet Crawley think? Just more Edwardian fun?

    • billbear1961

      She will sigh and take it in stride.

      • Gustav2

  • Henri205

    Isn’t this an old episode from Absolutely Fabulous?

  • billbear1961

    I am going BACK to the dear corgi story!

    • ZhyKitty

      Me too. lol

      • billbear1961

        Hello, Zhy!

        🙂

        • ZhyKitty

          Hey there, Billbear! : )

  • Sanctity of Marriage

    So…he’s wearing a wedding ring, which makes me wonder which one of these women is his wife?

  • People4Humanity

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  • Come Forth

    Idea: Start a Kickstarter or a GoFundMe account to raise money for the hookers who have video of Louie Gohmert smoking meth in a sling with trannies.

    • Disparagement!

      … and drinking asparagus-tinged urine.

    • Guns ‘N Hookers

      An Eric Holder-lookalike, since we all know Louie only gets hard when a black man is kicking his ass.

  • Randolph Finder

    I *think* that the Lords Spiritual would have to be removed by the Queen if unwilling to resign, but I simply can’t imagine someone like the Bishop of Durham refusing to resign over something like this…

  • “M.P. in drug-crazed sex romp shock with fash-mag slag.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svXq_-rbhis

  • William

    £200-a-night prostitutes? At least he is being thrifty.

    • billbear1961

      We don’t spend that much a YEAR on frozen yogurt!

      :O

      • William

        London is expensive, quality hookers cost money. Discretion costs extra.

        • billbear1961

          When we were there a couple weeks in 2005, I thought the prices weren’t bad, at first, until it clicked that it was pounds sterling, not dollars, which meant prices were, on average, nearly TWICE what they were in Montreal.

          I remember there was a “special” in a convenience store–any 3 pieces of fresh fruit you wanted from what they had for £1 ($1.50 USD, $2.00 CAD).

          This was 10 years ago, but two DOLLARS for, say, a couple bananas and an apple?!

          And this was a special!!

          • William

            The only way to survive in London is the Boots meal deal. Oh, it looks like it has gone up. The price was £2.99 for a long time.

            http://www.boots.com/en/Whats-in-your-Boots-meal-deal-_1265476/

            There are some good church basement lunch kitchens. My Mother knows all the good ones to hit. She’s cheaper than I am.

          • billbear1961

            $6.60 for a sandwich, a boiled egg and a chilled coffee or “some water”?

            Hmmm . . .

            I just wanted a glass of water with my supper one night in a restaurant and had to buy a BOTTLE of water, William!

            How is a bear to economize in such circumstances?!

            (Beetroot?)

            :-/

          • William

            Track down an old friend who lives in the area. That’s the only way I can afford o stay in the UK.

          • billbear1961

            Then, the bear is out of luck, my dear!

          • William

            Time to dig out your high school yearbooks!

    • coram nobis

      Well, they do call it the cost of living.

      And the correct term isn’t “prostitutes,” it’s personal-services assistants.

    • TreGibbs

      Chlamydia reduces wages.

  • StevenMN

    Apparently this guy was way too much for even a seasoned call girl to take. Note, no extortion demands. It must have been satisfying enough to simply get this asshole busted.

  • TKW

    I have to say, this is so British! 🙂

  • GunnaHurt

    GIIIIIIIRRRRRRLLLLL…?
    Girl…

    Guuuuuuuurl?

    girl!

    girrrrrrrrrrrrrl?!?!

    Girl.

  • Lurid Digs, observe and learn,

  • Daniel

    But wait! There’s more! Just days before, Lord Sewel wrote a scornful screed about those Lords who fail to behave honourably.

  • seant426

    LOL. I thought it was E.G. Marshall.

  • Clungeflaps

    It’s beyond pathetic that the poms still have a house of lords and royalty on the public dole. England still has a caste system which they like to pretend doesn’t exist, yet they constantly prattle on about how superior they are to everyone else. The rest of the developed world moved on from that, oh, 150 years ago.

    Honestly, English society is maybe half a notch more enlightened than what you see in India.

    • billbear1961

      The majority of the world’s most progressive and truly democratic states are constitutional monarchies.

      A coincidence? Perhaps!

      But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

      We will decide for ourselves when or IF we wish to abolish the monarchy (which brings in ten times what it costs the UK taxpayer).

      The peoples of these enlightened realms certainly have no lessons to take from this backwards and benighted republic, still struggling to rid itself of the TOXIC influence of religious fanaticism in its politics (and to tame the most right-wing major political party to bedevil any advanced democracy) and to bring in and secure social programs that the constitutional monarchies have enjoyed for DECADES, not to mention the protections from discrimination gay people enjoy in these realms that TWENTY-NINE states in the U.S. STILL deny their gay citizens!!

      Of the first SEVEN nations to make M.E. the law of the land from 2001 through 2009–Holland, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway and Sweden–all but ONE–South Africa–are constitutional monarchies. (And the Union of South Africa, 1910-1961, precursor to the present republic, was a Dominion under the British Crown.)

      I would remind you, too, that one of the most influential sources for the democratic ideals that inspired the English-speaking Founding Fathers of THIS republic was that “Sceptred Isle,” the “Mother of Parliaments,” that has been styled a “monarchical republic” by historians qualified to so characterize it!

      Thank you!

      And God SAVE the Queen’s Britannic MAJESTY!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChyyrLKiUsg

      • Her Canadian Majesty and Her Australian Majesty also.

        • billbear1961

          Hear, hear!!

      • BudClark

        Your Majesty, if we approach the throne on bended knee, will you PLEASE take us back? We’re SO sorry for misbehaving.

        • billbear1961

          I will broach the subject with Our Gracious and Sovereign Lady, Bud!

          🙂

      • Clungeflaps

        Suit yourself then, I guess? I find it rather creepy how a supposedly modern country continues to promote a copper age form of governance.

        Personally though, I would put Big Liz on the game, for her supper.

        Oh, and I love how you say ‘enlightened realms’….sorry, but I have been around way too many poms that act and look like escaped guests from the Jeremy Kyle show, to ever refer to you guys as ‘enlightened’.

        • Porkie

          “Gerry Springer?”

        • billbear1961

          I’m an American, living with my Canadian husband in Montreal.

    • Porkie

      “Yet they constantly prattle on about how superior they are to everyone else”.

      “American exceptionalism” anyone?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

      • Clungeflaps

        Ugh, this bellend again….

        I don’t understand why you get so butthurt by my views on the english, when you apparently are in France. Although I could go off on them as well

        • Porkie

          “I don’t understand …..”

          colour me shocked…..

          Because you are an ignorant zenophobic bigotted tosser……who posts utter bollocks without whit nor intelligence; has ZERO self awareness, who claims to be left wing and derides classism yet refers to others as “no class trailer trash”; who claims to be anti-misogynist & posts under the name “clungeflaps”, who claims to be gay/lesbian and ridicules others for “effeminate voices”.

          and ’cause it seems to irk you, and that pleases me (a little) and small pleasures in life are becoming rarer – don’t you agree?
          Simple solution stop spouting hypocritical jingoistic nationalism or go and hang out with all your mates at “breitbart” and no one is going to point out what a complete knob you are.

          • Clungeflaps

            I have no idea why you would suggest I read Breitbart. That’s pretty much the opposite of my political views.

            I’m terribly sorry you can’t deal with me razzing english people. Poms make american bashing a national sport, yet you throw your toys out of the pram when the shoe is on the other foot. And again, you are in frogland so I don’t see why you are taking it so personally. You big emo.

          • Porkie

            If you were going off on the Canadians, the Italians or even the Norwegians It would make no difference …It is simply the ignorant, smug, self-satisfied jingoism that you post that makes it just,… so appealing ……..You should try breitbart; you would be surprised at just how well you should fit in there (although I wouldn’t)

  • Rillion

    £200 a NIGHT? Needs to be run out of office for hiring such low class entertainment.

  • Rick

    OMG the camera really does add ten pounds.

    • coram nobis

      Adjusted for inflation, it adds 10 pounds and 35 pence.

  • James

    Unacceptable? Maybe. Shocking? Hardly.

  • coram nobis

    When was Monty Python elevated to be a peer of the realm?

    • MaryOGrady

      He always wanted to be… a lumberjack!

  • Mister Don

    No Coke, Pepsi. . .

  • Is he wearing a bro? https://youtu.be/AS8nXc3X-6k

  • ikahana

    Yet another one lost to the heterosexual lifestyle.

  • “…nice little Asian lady … you know, they’re whores.”

    I think we just found Donald’s running mate.

    • billbear1961

      No, wait–he can’t.

      Has to have been born a U.S. citizen, Stogie!

  • Kissmagrits

    Things get so delightfully tacky when the British aristocracy gets caught with their knickers around their ankles. Helps us across the pond keep our spirits up and the “Downton Abbey” writers inspired.

    But, really! A red bra with leathers?

  • Where is Christine Keeler now we really need her?

  • JCF

    President, UK Chapter Marion Berry Memorial Fan Club: “The tart set me up!”

  • John T

    Smoking while pregnant, how scandalous!

  • Halloween_Jack

    So, the old Peter O’Toole movie The Ruling Class is now officially in the nonfiction section, I guess?