Police to assess Keith Vaz allegations


Scotland Yard is to assess and identify what criminal offences, if any, may have been committed in relation to allegations involving the MP Keith Vaz.

The Labour politician stood down as chair of the home affairs select committee on Tuesday following three days of allegations involving sex workers and drugs.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Vaz allegedly had a conversation about cocaine with a male sex worker in which the MP said he did not want to use the drug, but indicated he would pay for it for the other man at a later date.

The MP for Leicester East told committee members he had talked to Jeremy Corbyn’s office before announcing his decision to stand down from his role.

Following the revelations, the Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who has been highly critical of Vaz, indicated he would write to Scotland Yard to call for Vaz to be investigated for misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to supply controlled substances.

The Metropolitan police released a statement on Friday saying: 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.

Vaz 59, a married father of two, has condemned the conduct of the Sunday Mirror, saying it was deeply troubling that a national newspaper should have paid individuals who have acted in this way.

He has not commented on the truth or otherwise of the allegations, which were set out in the paper over five pages accompanied by pictures that appear to have been recorded covertly.

News Source TheGuardianNews

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