Lord Freud breached code of conduct over Charlie Elphicke references

Tory peer to apologise after seeking to interfere in legal decision over MP’s sentencing

A Conservative peer breached parliament’s code of conduct when he and five MPs tried to get senior judges to intervene in a hearing on whether references to support the former MP Charlie Elphicke at his sentencing for sexual assault could be made public.

Lord Freud failed to meet the standards of conduct expected of individual members and has agreed make a personal statement to the House of Lords, according to the commissioner for standards.

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