Commenting following today’s vote to remit the report into the Conduct of Lord Lester back to the Privileges and Conduct Committee, Lord McFall, Senior Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, said:
“I am deeply disappointed by today’s decision by the House to send the report into the conduct of Lord Lester back to the Privileges and Conduct Committee for further consideration. The Committee will meet next week to consider options in response to today’s vote. Members raised concerns with the process of the investigation that the Committee will consider.
“I fully support the Commissioner for Standards and the work she has undertaken for many months. Every step of the way she followed the processes as agreed by the House and that have not been questioned before today.
“I would also like to express my sympathy to the complainant at what must be a very difficult time for her.”