Keith Vaz, the Labour MP caught up in allegations that he paid male escorts and offered to buy them drugs, is joining a Commons committee that scrutinises the courts.
Last month Mr Vaz resigned as chairman of the home affairs select committee over the claims, which are still being examined by police. He is also facing an inquiry by Westminster’s standards watchdog.
It is understood that Mr Vaz, MP for Leicester East, is to be one of Labour’s four members on the justice committee, replacing a colleague promoted to the front bench.
Andrew Bridgen, a Conservative MP who has been a leading critic of Mr Vaz, said that his new role showed that his “guile knows no bounds”.