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Personal Statement: Lord Clarke of Hampstead

Volume 711: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

My Lords, with the leave of the House, I would like to make a personal statement. Your Lordships may have read in the press reports of an interview between me and a journalist relating to expenses claimed. Those reports are not accurate in every respect. However, I accept that my conduct may have fallen short of the high standard that this House demands of its Members. I tender my humble apologies to the House. I have asked the Clerk of the Parliaments, as accounting officer, to investigate these issues, and I will of course co-operate fully with that and any other inquiries. Again, I humbly apologise.