25 Jan 2009

House of Lords peers to be investigated over cash claims

9:17 pm on 25 January 2009

There's to be an investigation in Britain into allegations that four members of the upper house of Parliament, the House of Lords, were prepared to accept money to move amendments to legislation.

The allegations against members of the governing Labour Party appeared in the Sunday Times newspaper.

Two of the peers have denied any wrongdoing; the others have not yet commented.

The Sunday Times claims that while meeting their undercover reporters, four Labour peers had offered to help put down amendments to legislation in return for sums of up to 120stg.

That would be in direct breach of the House of Lords code of conduct which says the peers must never accept any financial inducement as an incentive or reward for exercising parliamentary influence.