MP Keith Vaz faces six month suspension from the Commons over cocaine allegations

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz faces a six month suspension from the Commons over cocaine allegations.

A report published by the House of Commons Committee on Standards states the Labour MP 'disregarded' the law.

It followed a Sunday Mirror report in 2016 which alleged Mr Vaz paid two men for sex and discussed with them the use of cocaine.

Committee members concluded Mr Vaz:

  • Showed a disregard for the law by "expressing willingness to purchase a Class A drug, cocaine, for others to use"

  • Failed to co-operate fully with the inquiry process

  • Damaged the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons

The Committee recommended Mr Vaz be suspended from the House of Commons for six months.

If that suspension is approved, Mr Vaz would also face a recall petition which could lead to him losing his Leicester East seat.

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He stood down as the influential Commons Home Affairs Committee after the Sunday Mirror revelations.

In December 2016 police dropped an investigation into the allegations after addition information had been obtained by the CPS.

MPs are still to vote to approve the committee's recommendation.

Mr Vaz was due to contest his seat at the next General Election.

A statement posted on Mr Vaz's website said: "Keith Vaz has been treated for a serious mental-health condition for the last three years as a result of the events of 27th August 2016.

"He has shared all the medical reports in confidence with the Committee.

"He has nothing further to say on this matter other than what was said in his oral and written statements to the Committee and to the Commissioner."

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