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Allegations in Lords must be investigated by police

January 26, 2009 6:15 PM

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne has written to Sir Paul Stephenson, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, to ask for an investigation into allegations of bribery offences committed by Lord Taylor of Blackburn and Lord Truscott of St James's.

In his letter, Chris Huhne said:

"The law must apply to everybody regardless of whether they are within the political system or outside it, and this is a particularly crucial allegation as it touches on the honesty and integrity of the parliamentary process.

"Moreover, there are no adequate safeguards within the House of Lords to bring the matter to justice, as there is no means of suspending or expelling peers."