Labour has suspended a peer who is alleged to have blamed a Jewish conspiracy for the prison sentence he received following a fatal motorway crash.

Lord Ahmed, a Labour life peer, is alleged to have told a TV station in Pakistan that he was imprisoned in 2009 because of pressure on the courts from Jews "who own newspapers and TV channels".

Labour immediately suspended the peer "pending an investigation" and Ed Miliband, the party's leader, described Lord Ahmed's reported comments as "disgraceful".

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