A British lawmaker, Lord John Sewel, has resigned from the House of Lords Tuesday after footage of him allegedly snorting cocaine with prostitutes appeared on newspaper.

“I have today written to the clerk of the parliaments terminating my membership of the House of Lords,” Sewel said in a statement released early on Tuesday.

The Sun newspaper published pictures of Mr. Sewel, 69, apparently wearing an orange bra as he chatted to two sex workers, prompting him to tender his resignation and apology statements. “I want to apologise for the pain and embarrassment I have caused,” he said.

Already, the Scotland Yard police has launched an investigation into his actions and raided his home at an exclusive block of flats near the Houses of Parliament on Monday night.

On Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron questioned whether it would be “appropriate” for Sewel to continue approving laws amid the “very serious allegations” against him.

Sewel previously represented the main opposition centre-left Labour party in the House of Lords, the Houses of Parliament’s unelected upper chamber.

By Olisemeka Obeche (with AFP reports)


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