Police probe following Keith Vaz Sunday Mirror drug claims

Police are investigating possible drug offences following a Sunday Mirror story about the Labour MP Keith Vaz.

Mr Vaz quit as chairman of the Home Affairs Select committee in September after the paper claimed he paid for the services of two male escorts.

According to the newspaper, the MP also indicated to one of the men that he would pay for cocaine, although he said he would not use the drug himself.

Mr Vaz, 59, said he welcomed the police’s investigation.

The police said they would not confirm or comment on the identity of anyone involved.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37957991

Shamed Keith Vaz claimed £81.90 for UK trip he couldn’t have taken – as he was in Tunisia at the time

Shamed Labour MP Keith Vaz billed taxpayers for a UK journey he couldn’t have taken – because he was in Tunisia at the time.

He claimed £81.90 for the return trip from London to Leicester, despite being 1,400 miles from home in North Africa.

It comes the day after police announced they were investigating possible drugs offences related to Mr Vaz’s meeting with two male prostitutes, exposed in the Sunday Mirror.

Read on… http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shamed-keith-vaz-claimed-8190-9250482

Vaz told: quit over cocaine inquiry

Keith Vaz has been urged to stand down from the Commons justice select committee while he is investigated by police over possible drug offences.

Sir Edward Garnier, the former solicitor-general, said it was “inappropriate” for Vaz to be on the committee during the investigation. “This is the justice select committee — it is not the drawing pins committee or the paperclips committee,” he said. “It is not appropriate for an MP under investigation by the police to be on the committee. Once the matter is resolved, perhaps he can come back on to it, but for the present, he should come off it.”

The Labour MP resigned as chairman of the Commons home affairs committee in September after revelations that he paid for the services of two male escorts. Vaz also suggested to one of the men that he would pay for cocaine, although he said he would not use the drug himself, according to a newspaper report.

Read on… http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/vaz-told-quit-over-cocaine-inquiry-7sv5t6hr8

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