South Yorkshire peer considers legal action after party suspension lifted

Labour peer Lord Ahmed
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A SOUTH Yorkshire peer suspended by the Labour Party for allegedly offering a £10 million bounty on the head of US President Barack Obama has had the suspension lifted.

Lord Nazir Ahmed, of Rotherham, who denied the accusations published in Pakistani newspaper the Express Tribune, thanked Chief Whip Lord Bassam for a ‘fair’ investigation.

Labour confirmed the suspension had been lifted.

His alleged remarks followed reports the U.S. offered $10m for the conviction of a Pakistani-based militant leader.

The supposed bounty was said to be for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Saeed, the founder of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The Indian government blames Mr Saeed and his organisation for carrying out several militant attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai shootings which left 165 people dead.

Lord Ahmed said he was ‘delighted’ the suspension had been lifted as he had been a party member for 34 years.

He said the story was ‘lies’ and he was considering legal action against the paper.

A Labour Party spokesman said: “Lord Ahmed is no longer suspended from the party.”