…And he’s the the one in charge of standards
A MARRIED peer in charge of upholding standards in the House of Lords has been caught on video snorting cocaine with a pair of £200-a-night hookers.
Baron John Sewel, 69 — Deputy Speaker of the Lords and once a key ally of ex-PM Tony Blair — stripped naked for one sleazy romp at his rent-protected London flat.
Last month he was also pictured snorting coke with hookers at a sordid sex party after asking: “What about trying the big one?”
The peer, in charge of upholding standards in the House of Lords, sniffed the Class A drug from one call girl’s breasts.
Sewel stripped naked for last week’s party, held behind the back of his wife Lady Jennifer.
Last night his political career lay in tatters and he faced immense pressure to quit his important role.
Sewel, also said to have taken cocaine at another binge last month, is paid an £84,525 salary as Chairman of Committees in the Lords.
But the Lord, who has a £1.2million house in Aberdeen, cut a less respectable figure as he enjoyed a seedy romp at his flat in Dolphin Square — notorious for a string of Parliamentary scandals.
One of the escorts told him during the session, which was captured on video: “You’re such a party animal!” He replied: “I know. Disgusting, isn’t it?”
The peer, who at one point puts on one girl’s orange bra, is also asked: “How bad do you want to be tonight then?’’ He responds: “I just want to be led astray.’’
Sewel, who claimed £403,799 in expenses between 2001 and 2010, was caught on camera snorting three lines of cocaine in three quarters of an hour.
Hunched over a table the former Labour minister held a rolled-up £5 note in his left hand — his wedding ring on display — as he sniffed the white powder up his left nostril.
Minutes later, after hoovering up a second line off the table, he lay naked on the bed before summoning one girl, pulling down her top and snorting more powder off her breasts.
In a frenzy of excitement he then wore a call girl’s bra and leather jacket and sucked on a cigarette as the women stroked his back and hair.
Sewel booked the hookers for wild benders at his discounted flat in Pimlico, central London.
Dolphin Square — a short walk from Westminster — is at the centre of a Scotland Yard probe into alleged child abuse by MPs. There is no suggestion Sewel is involved in that. He has never been an MP.
The peer answered the door to the hookers at about 10pm in just a towel, saying: “Bloody hell I’d given up. S***. Bloody hell you’re late.”
But he soon forgot his anger and landed a playful smack on one of the girls’ backsides as she walked inside, gloating: “Happy days are here again.”
In a nod to his betrayed wife Jennifer, who is University Secretary at Durham University, Sewel insisted on turning a framed photo of her face-down on a table when the sex games began.
Sewel said he was “taking it easy” at last Wednesday’s party due to a blood test the next day.
He said: “What shows up in blood tests? I can’t do substances because it can kill me.”
One of the girls said: “You were really naughty the other night. You really, really were.” He sheepishly responded: “I know.”
Holding open his “moderngov” diary, he then tells the girls about a recent work trip to the Isle of Man, which included lunch on a steam train.
Sewel proudly told the hookers he had read about the parliamentary visit on his iPad on the “front page of the BBC News”.
And he even invited them to have dinner with him at the House of Lords in the Peers Dining Room ahead of another arranged orgy on September 8.
The trio downed champagne, vodka and wine before Sewel said: “What about trying the big one?”
One of the girls replied: “What’s the big one?”
Sewel said: “Um, it comes in a can and it’s got, has it got Pepsi? No it’s not Pepsi, it’s another word rather than Pepsi cola. It’s Coca-Cola — forget the Cola.”
He passed the wrap to one of the hookers to cut out lines — saying: “I’ll only have the smallest . . . ”
He then said: “Have you ever noticed before, when this has occurred previously, I have provided usually a ten pound note?
“It’s rolled up and so in the morning at least I’ve got enough to buy me some breakfast. The rolled-up note disappears, it goes.”
When the call girls complained he was accusing them of theft, he quips: “Yes!”
One prostitute called his line of cocaine “ridiculously big” and asked if he was drinking too much.
The peer — full name John Buttifant Sewel — then selfishly pointed to a fat line of powder and said: “I’ll do that.”
A hooker responded: “No, I was going to give you the small one.”
Sewel then snorted one of three lines of cocaine on the table.
Within minutes he stripped off and paraded around the studio flat.
He snorted a third line of coke from one hooker’s boobs and stroked and pawed both women, who are about 45 years his junior.
After the session, Sewel paid one of the girls £200 in cash and wrote the other a cheque for the same amount.
The call girls also took photographs of Sewel seemingly taking cocaine during an earlier binge they say they had with him on June 22.
One of the girls claims she met the peer in a strip club in London’s Soho in 2012.
As a member of the Lords, he is involved in legislating on sexual offences acts, prostitution and brothel-keeping laws.
As Deputy Speaker he would also be expected to demonstrate higher standards of moral behaviour than ordinary peers.
Sewel helped draw up a code of conduct which insists peers act with “selflessness, integrity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership”.
He has two children and two stepchildren and was made a minister by Mr Blair in 1997 — helping to push through historic devolution to create the Scottish parliament.
His name was even given to a law that means Parliament cannot pass legislation on Scotland without Scottish Parliament approval, known as the Sewel Convention.
Up to 70 MPs joined Sewel in flocking to Dolphin Square towards the end of the last decade — attracted by its closeness to Westminster and cheap rent.