Two days after a newspaper reported that he had used cocaine with prostitutes, a senior member of the House of Lords in Britain resigned his seat on Tuesday, apologizing for the “pain and embarrassment” he had caused.
The member, John Sewel, had already given up key posts, including the chairmanship of a committee that monitors standards. On Monday, Lord Sewel, 69, had indicated he would take a temporary leave pending investigations of the allegations, which, even if proved, may not have breached the code of conduct for House of Lords members.
But on Tuesday, he reversed course. “The question of whether my behavior breached the code of conduct is important, but essentially technical,” he said in a statement, ultimately concluding “that I can best serve the House by leaving it.”
Lord Sewel said that he hoped the decision would “limit and help repair the damage I have done to an institution I hold dear.”
The revelations about Lord Sewel, who is married, were published by the newspaper The Sun on Sunday, which also released video purporting to show him using drugs.