Baroness Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrats, says Lord Sewel should resign immediately ….reports Asian Lite News. Lord Sewel’s comments about women, and about Asian women in particular, are sexist and racist, and have no place in society
The Liberal Democrats have today made a formal complaint to the House of Lords’ Commissioner for Standards.
The Liberal Democrats believe his comments are a breach of the ‘Code of Conduct’ and of the ‘Principles of Conduct’ identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
President of the Liberal Democrats, Baroness Sal Brinton said: “Lord Sewel’s comments about women, and about Asian women in particular, are sexist and racist, and have no place in society.
“His comments and conduct expose a man with little regard for women and a total disregard for the status and responsibility of his role.
“If an MP indulged in such behaviour and still wanted to cling to their seat, they would be accountable to their constituents who would have the chance to expel them from office.
“Too often members of the House of Lords are afforded the luxury of permanent protection, able to claim public money while being publicly unaccountable. After two decades in the House of Lords it seems Lord Sewel felt unburdened by the need or desire to uphold the standards of public life.
“The House of Lords must be reformed as a matter of urgency. In the meantime, Lord Sewel should, if he has any sense of decency, resign immediately. If he will not do so, the Commissioner for Standards should begin his investigation of this case as soon as possible.
“Just one person can undermine the good work and public service of the Peers. It is yet another sorry indictment of an undemocratic system, and simply highlights the Liberal Democrats case for reform.”