Lord Sewel apologises after drugs claims

  • 29/07/2015
Lord Sewel (AAP)
Lord Sewel (AAP)

The disgraced British politician at the centre of a drugs scandal has resigned from the House of Lords.

A tabloid newspaper printed pictures of Lord Sewel apparently snorting cocaine with prostitutes.

The 69-year-old has apologised for the "pain and embarrassment" he has caused.

"The question of whether my behaviour breached the code of conduct is important, but essentially technical," he says in a statement.

"The bigger questions are whether my behaviour is compatible with membership of the House of Lords and whether my continued membership would damage and undermine public confidence in the House of Lords.

"I believe the answer to both these questions means that I can best serve the House by leaving it."

Watch the video for the full Sky News report.