Lord Freud breached code of conduct over Charlie Elphicke references

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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.

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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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