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Personal Statement

Volume 718: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

My Lords, with the leave of the House, I wish to make a Personal Statement. I wish to say that I of course fully accept the conclusions of the report of the Committee for Privileges to which the House has just agreed. I accordingly apologise to the House without reservation for my misuse of the Members’ reimbursement scheme, and I very much regret the damage that has been caused to the reputation of this House. I would also like to thank Members from all sides of this House for showing me support—and, if I may say so, affection—in the past 10 months.