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Accused peers speak out

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Two of the Labour peers at the centre of claims they were ready to take cash to change legislation have responded to the allegations in the House of Lords.

Lord Snape stood up to refute the allegations made by the Sunday Times, followed by Lord Taylor of Blackburn who said he apologised if he had done anything to bring the House into disrepute.

The leader of the Lords Lady Royall called the claims "deeply shocking" and said a "rigorous" inquiry had already begun.

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