Keith Vaz RESIGNS:

Keith Vaz RESIGNS: Scandal-hit Labour MP quits top role amid shock ‘male escort’ claims

SCANDAL-HIT Labour MP Keith Vaz has dramatically resigned as the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

PUBLISHED:
12:47, Tue, Sep 6, 2016

| UPDATED: 13:25, Tue, Sep 6, 2016

The embattled Leicester East MP has stepped down amid reports he had paid male escorts and discussed the use of legal and illegal drugs.
In
a statement the married father-of-two said: “I am genuinely sorry that
recent events make it impossible for this to happen if I remain Chair.
“The integrity of the Select Committee system matters to me. Those who hold others to account, must themselves be accountable.”
Mr Vaz, who has publicly
apologised to his family for causing them “hurt and distress”, is facing
a possible probe by Commons’ sleaze watchdogs.
But he appeared in
the House of Commons chamber to ask questions yesterday, in a public
signal he was determined not to be cowed by the claims.
And Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared to back the 59-year-old on Sunday night,
saying: “As far as I’m aware it is a private matter.”
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Keith Vaz has stepped down from the Home Affairs Select Committee

But Prime Minister Theresa May stepped up pressure when she said that voters must be able to have “confidence” in MPs.
Speaking
during a visit to China, the Prime Minister said: “What Keith does is
for Keith and any decisions he wishes to make are for him.”
But
she added: “I have always been clear that what is important for people
is that they feel that they are able to have confidence in their
politicians.”
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The married father-of-two has publicly apologised to his family

In today’s statement, Mr Vaz insisted the decision to resign from the committee’s business was “my decision, and mine alone”.
The 59-year-old recommended Tim Loughton, the Tory MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, should chair proceedings in the interim.
He thanked fellow committee members past and present “for their tremendous support”, as well as Commons and committee clerks.
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Mr Vaz studied at Cambridge before entering parliament in 1987

Born
to Goan parents in Aden, Mr Vaz arrived in Britain as a child and
studied at Cambridge University before entering parliament in 1987.
He
was caught up in the whirlwind of the Hinduja affair in 2001 when
controversy embroiled a passport application by of one of the
billionaire Indian family.
And in 2002, Mr Vaz apologised to
parliament and was suspended for a month after being found guilty of
“serious breaches” of the MPs’ code of conduct.

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