British lawmakers suspended for corruption

May 21st, 2009 - 3:54 am ICT by IANS  

London, May 21 (DPA) Britain’s upper house of parliament, the House of Lords, Wednesday suspended two members over corruption allegations in a move not seen in more than 350 years.
The two Labour peers, Lord Truscott and Lord Taylor of Blackburn were found guilty by a probe last week of offering to try to change legislation in return for money.

The so-called “cash-for-amendments” affair was revealed by a report in the Sunday Times in January that Labour peers had told undercover journalists posing as lobbyists that they were willing to try to amend a bill in return for money.

A House of Lords committee found that the members had displayed a “clear willingness” to breach the parliamentary code of conduct which bans peers from accepting any financial inducement in return for exercising parliamentary influence.

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