A peer is to stand trial accused of s-xually assaulting a boy and a girl under 13, it was reported last night.
Former Labour peer Lord Nazir Ahmed has been charged with two attempted r-pes and one indecent assault.
He is alleged to have committed the offences when he was a teenager in Rotherham in the 1970s. He is one of three men facing linked criminal charges.
Tony Blair appointed the father of three as a peer in 1998, making him one of the first Muslims to enter the Lords. He left Labour in 2013 but remains a peer with no party affiliation.
Lord Ahmed is alleged to have indecently assaulted the boy in 1971-72, when he was 14 or 15, The Times reported.
He is also accused of two attempted r-pes in 1973-74 aged 16 or 17.
Two others are accused in connection with the assaults. Mohamed Farooq, 68, faces four charges of indecent assault and Mohammed Tariq, 63, two indecent assault charges.
They are due before Sheffield magistrates on March 19.