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PM stops short of calling for Lord Sewel's resignation

Prime Minister David Cameron has said "further questions" will be asked about Lord Sewel's role in the House of Lords but stopped short of calling for him to stand down over the weekend's newspaper allegations.

Newspaper footage allegedly showed the Labour peer taking drugs with prostitutes, while disparaging comments he reportedly made against the PM and other leading politicians have emerged today.

Speaking during a trade trip to Indonesia, Mr Cameron cautioned it will still take "some time" to get to "the truth" of the allegations.

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Lord Sewel urged to resign from Lords after drug claims

Lord Sewel has faced calls to resign from the House of Lords after newspaper footage allegedly showed him taking drugs with prostitutes.

The peer, who has stood down as Deputy Speaker, could be expelled from the Lords by rules he helped implement following the Sun claims.

However, Labour MP John Mann said he should retire voluntarily before that happens, calling the former minister a "disgrace" for breaking rules set by a committee on discipline which he chaired.

He cannot possibly go in front of his own committee and expect a serious hearing.

He is a disgrace. He should retire and resign immediately.

A lifetime ban would be the committee's only option. He needs to save them and himself further embarrassment and go now."

– John Mann MP

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Sewel 'risks being expelled from House of Lords'

Lord Sewel has resigned as Lords Deputy Speaker following the publication of the video

Lord Sewel risks becoming the first peer expelled from the House of Lords under tough new rules he helped implement.

It follows the publication of video by The Sun on Sunday purportedly showing him taking drugs with prostitutes.

The (Suspension and Expulsion) Act 2015 allows peers to be barred from parliament if they breach its code of conduct.

The code maintains that members must "always act on their personal honour".

Earlier this month, Lord Sewel wrote an article on the new rules that stated: "Scandals make good headlines. The requirement that members must always act on their personal honour has been reinforced."

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