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Lobbying row: Peers suspended

Two peers have been suspended from the Labour Party over claims they offered to carry out parliamentary work in return for cash. Lord Laird earlier resigned the Ulster Unionist party whip after being targeted by the same investigation.

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Lord Laird relinquishes whip 'pending investigation'

Lord Laird has resigned the Ulster Unionist whip pending an inquiry into allegations he broke parliamentary rules, party leader Mike Nesbitt said.

Having reviewed the video footage on the Daily Telegraph website, and other media reporting of Lord Laird's engagement with alleged lobbyists, I telephoned his home this morning and as a result he has relinquished the Party Whip, pending the outcome of the review of his behaviour that he has already requested of the relevant authorities at Westminster.

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