The Lord accused of sexually harassing Jasvinder Sanghera has resigned from Parliament
By Barfi Culture Team
13th December 2018

In November this year, the longtime campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera told The Times that a prominent member of the House of Lords had offered her a peerage in return for sex.

The allegations rightly created a storm. The accused, Lord Lester, was suspended by the Liberal Democrat party and claimed the allegations were not true.

Now he has resigned from the House of Lords.

Jasvinder Sanghera founded Karma Nirvana, a charity that is among those leading the fight in Britain against forced marriages, after running away from home because she was also being forced into a marriage.

She accused Lord Lester of groping and offering her a peerage 12 years ago, in return for sleeping with him. She said she spoke out to encourage others to do the same and to establish that what he did "wasn't honourable or acceptable".

In October she announced she was stepping down from Karma Nirvana to focus more on her family.

A Liberal Democrat spokesperson welcomed Lord Lester's resignation.

"Lord Lester has made the right decision in retiring from the House of Lords. We hope [this] now draws a line under this situation."

In a statement on Twitter yesterday, Jasvinder Sanghera said: "I’ve held onto my truth throughout the process, which is what I urge all survivors to do. No one can ever take this away from you, neither can they force you to be silent."

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