Indian origin British MP Keith Vaz a gay?
- So alleges Sunday Mirror
- MP to step down from influential committee
London: An Indian origin MP in Britain, Keith Vaz, found himself in a gay sex scandal that threatens to destroy his long political career. A newspaper has claimed that the Labour Party MP from Leicester since 1987 had paid for male prostitutes. The irony of the whole episode is that Keith Vaz is one of the most influential MPs in the House of Commons who are overseeing the biggest shake-up of the laws on prostitution in a generation.
A married father of two children was allegedly paid for men to visit him one evening last month at a flat he owns in London, claimed Sunday Mirror, a sensational newspaper. The 59 year-old Goan-origin MP has announced that he would be stepping aside as chair of the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Committee that he has been heading for ten years.
Keith said in a statement reported by Sky News, “I am genuinely sorry for the hurt and distress that has been caused by my actions, in particular to my wife and children. I will be informing the Committee on Tuesday of my intention to stand aside from chairing the sessions of the Committee with immediate effect.” It is understood that after speaking to his lawyers and members of the Committee, Keith has tendered his temporary resignation. It is significant to note that the Home Affairs Committee has been examining the question of prostitution in Britain and had recently issued a report saying that soliciting by sex workers should be decriminalized.
The report published in Sunday Mirror appears to be irrefutable as it was backed by video evidence. The newspaper has published the video contents which prove that the MP had paid for the two male prostitutes for sex and also offered to pay banned drugs or Class A. The male prostitutes belong to Eastern Europe with whom the MP had two meetings recently. One of them which took place on August 27 lasted for 90 minutes. “I want a good time please”, said one of the texts sent by the unfortunate MP to the men.
Keith Vaz has reacted to the newspaper report saying that, “It is deeply disturbing that a national newspaper should have paid individuals to act this way”. He also said he had referred the charges to his solicitor Mark Stephen of Howard Kennedy ‘who will examine them carefully and advise me accordingly.’
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, has commented on the allegations saying that they are a private affair. “He has not committed any crime that I know of. As far as I am concerned it is a private matter”, said Corbyn.
Born to Goan parents in Adem, Yemen, Vas went to Cambridge and studies law and became a solicitor. He was a minister in Tony Blair cabinet. He described the decision to leave the European Union as a disaster. He is the longest serving MP of Asian origin.