Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker, has today written to both the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner requesting that they investigate the allegations regarding Lord Sewel following media stories over the weekend.
She also issued the following statement on Sunday 26 July in response to the publication of the allegations:
‘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.
‘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.’