Founder of forced marriage charity reveals she was alleged victim of LibDem peer

Jasvinder Sanghera of Karma Nirvana told The Times that Lord Lester offered her a peerage in exchange for sex in 2006; the peer denies the allegations

Jasvinder Sanghera
Jasvinder Sanghera

The founder of the forced marriage charity Karma Nirvana has revealed that she is the alleged victim of sexual harassment purportedly carried out by a Liberal Democrat peer.

Jasvinder Sanghera waived her right to automatic anonymity in an interview with The Times newspaper, published today, to discuss the allegations against Lord Anthony Lester.

The Times says that she claimed Lester propositioned her and offered her a peerage in exchange for sex.

According to the The Times, Sanghera says that the incident occurred in 2006 while she was working on a parliamentary bill on forced marriage, an issue on which she has campaigned for more than 25 years.

Lester has denied the allegations.

The interview comes after the publication yesterday of a report by the House of Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee, which recommended Lester’s suspension.

The report says the committee concluded that Lester had "breached the provisions of the code in failing to act on his personal honour by sexually harassing the complainant and offering her corrupt inducements to sleep with him".

The report has recommended that Lester be suspended from the House of Lords until 3 June 2022, but stopped short of asking for him to be expelled.

Peers are due to vote on Thursday on the recommendation to suspend Lester.

On Twitter, Lester said the allegations against him were "completely untrue" and claimed the investigation into him "was flawed and unfair".

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