Met Police considers claim Keith Vaz broke law
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- From the section UK Politics
Met Police is to “assess and identify what criminal offences – if any”
have been committed by Keith Vaz following claims over his private life.
The Labour MP resigned as chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee after claims he paid for the services of two male escorts.
The police say no investigation has been launched. Mr Vaz has referred the allegations to his solicitors.
He says he plans to stay as an MP and a member of Labour’s national executive.
Vaz, an MP since 1987, stepped down as head of the powerful home
affairs committee on Tuesday after 48 hours of allegations about his
At the weekend, the Sunday Mirror published pictures
it said showed Mr Vaz with male sex workers in a flat in north London
that he owns. Illegal drugs were mentioned during a secretly recorded
MP for Leicester East said the media headlines were a distraction from
the important work of the committee, which he had led since 2007, and
that those who sought to hold others to account must be accountable
In the wake of the revelations, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen
indicated that he would be writing to Scotland Yard calling for Mr Vaz
to be investigated for misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to
supply controlled substances.
a statement, Scotland Yard said: “Following allegations in the Sunday
Mirror on Sunday, 4 September concerning a member of Parliament, the Met
Police can confirm a letter was received on Wednesday, 7 September
requesting police consider the matter.
“The letter has been
forwarded to the Met’s special inquiry team, part of Specialist Crime
and Operations, to assess and identify what criminal offences – if any –
may have been committed. At this stage a police investigation has not
After hearing from Mr Vaz on Tuesday, the
committee said he had given them a “very frank” account of what had
happened and it would be electing a new chair in due course.
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