It has emerged, as of 11:00am GMT 2nd June 2013, that Lord Laird has resigned the whip.
Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt released a statement, saying:
Having reviewed the video footage on the Daily Telegraph website, and other media reporting of Lord Laird’s engagement with alleged lobbyists, I telephoned his home this morning and as a result he has relinquished the Party Whip, pending the outcome of the review of his behaviour that he has already requested of the relevant authorities at Westminster
No member, no matter what their status or length of service, will be given special privilege against a breach of these standards
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Labour party life peer since 1998, and former President of the Police Superindendent’s Association. He was also a close colleague of former justice secretary Jack Straw MP in the early 21st Century, and helped formulate several changes in criminal justice law.