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Lord ‘felt like Guantanamo inmate’

Issue No. 2152

A former Labour minister is facing a temporary suspension from the House of Lords for offering to change legislation in exchange for money. Lord Truscott has compared his treatment to that of a “Guantanamo inmate”.

Truscott is facing a vote where his fellow peers will decide whether he and Lord Taylor of Blackburn should be banned from the House of Lords.

The Lords privileges committee found last week that the two men had broken rules. Initially it was argued there could be no sanction against them as peers.

It has now emerged that it is possible to sanction peers for offering to sell legislation to the highest bidder—they may be suspended for six months.

It was revealed in January that peers were prepared to help undercover reporters posing as lobbyists to change laws for fees of up to £120,000.

Truscott criticised the privileges committee, saying, “I felt like a Guantanamo inmate. I was continually interrupted, with one member in particular being aggressive.”

Truscott did manage to apologise, saying, “I am sorry for being entrapped.”

The two other peers involved in the scandal, Lord Snape and Lord Moonie, have been asked to apologise to the House.

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