| Keith Vaz |
|Born||Nigel Keith Anthony Standish Vaz|
|Alma mater||Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge|
|Relatives|| • Valerie Vaz|
• Penny McConnell
Dramatically snared while chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
In October 2019, Keith Vaz was suspended from Parliament for six months by the House of Commons Standards Committee and in November 2019, Labour's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) was considering whether Keith Vaz can stand for the party at Leicester East in the UK/2019 General Election.
On 10 November 2019, Keith Vaz announced he was not standing for re-election to Parliament.
In a statement, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said:
- "Keith Vaz was among the pioneering group of black and Asian Labour MPs elected in 1987. I was proud to support his selection and incredibly proud when he won, taking the seat from the Tories.
- "Keith has made a substantial and significant contribution to public life, both as a constituency MP for the people of Leicester and for the Asian community across the country. He has helped to pave the way for more BAME people to become involved in politics."
Keith Vaz said in a statement:
- "I have decided to retire after completing 32 years as the Member of Parliament for Leicester East.
- "In that time I have won eight general elections. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve my constituency since I came to the city in 1985.
- "I want to thank the people of Leicester East for their absolute loyalty and support."
Chair of the Home Affairs Committee
As Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, he was responsible for the investigation[Which?] into the VIPaedophile child abuse rings. After a sting operation involving male prostitutes and cocaine, he resigned as chair, after 2 days of criticism, on 6 September 2016. He did not deny the accusations.
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