22/09/2015 11:05 BST | Updated 22/09/2015 13:59 BST

Lord Sewel Won't Face Charges Over Video Sting With Alleged Drug Use And Prostitutes

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Lord Sewel will not face charges over allegations of drug-related offences, it has been confirmed, after Scotland Yard claimed there was "insufficient evidence to proceed" with its investigation.

The peer, who was alleged to have taken cocaine with prostitutes and used racist language in a video obtained by The Sun, stepped down from his senior position in the House of Lords earlier this year.

In a letter to Parliamentary officials, the disgraced Lord Sewel apologised for the "pain and embarrassment" he had caused.

But a statement released by the Met on Tuesday reads: “The Metropolitan Police Service launched a criminal investigation into allegations of drug-related offences involving a member of the House of Lords on Monday, 27 July.

“The investigation, led by officers from the Special Enquiry Team of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, has now concluded.

“Following a review of all the material, including a forensic examination of an address in central London, there is insufficient evidence to proceed with this investigation and the matter is now closed.”