Scotland Yard has said it will consider if MP Keith Vaz committed any criminal offences after the Sunday Mirror revealed he had paid male escorts for sex at his flat.
Within weeks of his committee’s prostitution report, he paid money to two escorts to visit a flat he owns near his family home in Edgware, North West London.
Mr Vaz had at least two meetings with the Eastern European escorts.
In a 90-minute rendezvous on August 27, the former Minister for Europe offered to cover the cost of cocaine if it was brought to the flat – but said he did not want any himself.
As the talk ranged from sex to pets, Mr Vaz eventually said: We need to get this party started.
Andrew Bridgen wrote to Met Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe asking Scotland Yard to look into the matter.
A Met Police spokesman confirmed the force had received the letter and would now consider what – if any – criminal offences may have been committed.
He said: “Following allegations in the Sunday Mirror on Sunday, 4 September concerning a Member of Parliament, the Metropolitan Police Service 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 been launched.”
He announced he was standing down from his high-profile role on the committee which spearheads probes into immigration, drugs policies and sex workers, and would take no further part in committee business.
Mr Vaz said in a statement: “It is in the best interest of the Home Affairs Select Committee that its important work can be conducted without any distractions whatsoever.
“I am genuinely sorry that recent events make it impossible for this to happen if I remain Chair. I have always been passionate about Select Committees, having served as either Chair or Member for half of my time in Parliament.
“The integrity of the Select Committee system matters to me. Those who hold others to account, must themselves be accountable.”
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