"Lord Sewel, formerly a Labour peer and ally of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, was said to have been caught on video telling the £200-a-night prostitutes that he wanted to "be led astray".
The Lord Speaker issued a strongly-worded statement in which she said Scotland Yard would be asked to investigate. Baroness D’Souza said: "Today’s revelations about the behaviour of Lord Sewel are both shocking and unacceptable.
"Lord Sewel has this morning resigned as Chairman of Committees.
"The House of Lords will continue to uphold standards in public life and will not tolerate departure from these standards.
“These serious allegations will be referred to the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards and the Metropolitan Police for investigation as a matter of urgency."
In footage published by The Sun on Sunday, the 69-year-old peer is said to have stripped naked in front of the pair in his flat near Westminster last week. Hunched over a table, the former Labour minister for agriculture, environment and fisheries is pictured with a rolled-up bank note in his hand as he appears to snort white powder.
The peer's third marriage, to Lady Jennifer, 54, took place in 2005.
He is seen in the video footage with his wedding ring on show.
One of the escorts is said to have told Lord Sewel: "You're such a party animal!", before he allegedly replied: "I know. Disgusting, isn't it?"
He is alleged to have snorted three lines of cocaine during the 45-minute session."
But the best line in that article is:
"Lord Sewel, a former senior vice principal of Aberdeen University, received £84,525 as chairman of the Lords' Privileges and Conduct Committee - the body that upholds standards of behaviour among peers."
Lord Sewer is a Labour politician.
Politicians of all stripes have been known to behave in an absolutely despicable manner, wasting taxpayer money in the process. But it definitely seems to me that those from the left excel more than their counterparts from the right - or what passes for it these days.