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Former Labour peer to stand trial for attempted rape and indecent assault

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A peer has been charged with two counts of attempted rape and one count of indecent assault.

Lord Nazir Ahmed, 61, is accused of attacks on two children under the age of 13 in Rotherham during the 1970s, the Times reports.

It is believed he was aged between 14 and 17 at the time.

Nazir Ahmed - UK Parliament official portraits 2017 Picture: Gov.uk
Lord Nazir Ahmed will stand trial in two weeks (Picture: Gov.uk)

The former Labour peer, who left the party in 2013, will stand trial in two weeks’ time on March 19.

Former Conservative Party and now Independent MPs (front L-R) Sarah Wollaston, Heidi Allen and Anna Soubry pose for a photograph with the former Labour Party members of The Independent Group of MPs, Joan Ryan (front row R), (middle row L-R) Angela Smith, Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey (top row L-R) Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna and Mike Gapes after a press conference in central London on February 20, 2019 following their resignation from the Conservative Party in a joint letter. - Three MPs, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston, quit Britain's governing Conservatives on Wednesday over Brexit, saying the issue had "re-defined" the party and was "undoing all the efforts to modernise it". The trio added that they planned to sit in parliament alongside eight former Labour lawmakers who, also citing their opposition to Brexit, resigned from the main opposition party this week to form the new Independent Group. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty ImagesChuka Umunna made Independent Group spokesman

He is one of three men facing linked criminal charges following an investigation by South Yorkshire Police.

Mohamed Farouq, 68, is charged with four counts of indecent assault.

While Mohammed Tariq, 63, is charged with two counts of indecent assault.

Lord Ahmed arrives for sentencing at Sheffield Magistrates Court.
He left the Labour party in 2013 (Picture: PA)

Married father-of-three Lord Ahmed joined Labour at 18 and became Rotherham’s first Asian councillor and youngest magistrate.

He was appointed to the House of Lords on the recommendation of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, in 1998.

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But in 2013 he resigned from Labour after he made claims that Jewish-owned media organisations were to blame for his 2009 conviction for dangerous driving.

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