Nigel Keith Anthony Standish Vaz (born 26 November 1956) is a British Labour Party politician who, as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leicester East since the 1987 general election, is the British Parliament's longest-serving British Asian MP. He served as the Minister for Europe between October 1999 and June 2001.
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Last week in the Observer, I described how my 1991 investigations into allegations of child sex abuse by the former Leicester MP Greville, now Lord, Janner, were brought to a halt by supportive statements in the Commons from MPs. Key among them was that by Vaz, who said that his close colleague had been “the victim of a cowardly and wicked attack”. When news first broke on 16 April that Janner would not stand trial on 22 counts of child abuse because of his dementia, I asked Vaz via Twitter whether he would care to comment about his support for Janner. He first reacted by blocking me.
Keith Vaz, the senior Labour politician, was one of 16 MPs who publicly defended Greville Janner against child sex abuse allegations at a time when prosecutors now admit the peer should have faced trial. Mr Vaz, who has chaired the Commons home affairs committee for the past eight years, said Lord Janner had been the victim of a “wicked attack” in 1991, when the allegations first surfaced, and campaigned for a change in the law to prevent any repeat.
"Treating soliciting as a criminal offence is having an adverse effect,” says the committee’s chair, Keith Vaz, “and it is wrong that sex workers, who are predominantly women, should be penalised and stigmatised in this way. The criminalisation of sex workers should therefore end." Under current UK legislation, two or more sex workers working together for safety can be called a brothel. As Vaz explains, this law "means sex-workers can be too afraid of prosecution to work together at the same premises, which can often compromise their safety". An estimated 49% of sex workers say they are worried about their safety; this change in legislation will save lives.
Labour MP Keith Vaz has announced that he will resign from the Home Affairs Select Committee after a Daily Mirror sting recorded the married member of parliament meeting multiple men identified as male prostitutes in his apartment. The Daily Mirror says Vaz asked the men to "bring poppers," a sex-enhancing drug. Text messages published by the Daily Mirror reportedly show Vaz sending "don't forget the poppers" to one of the men. The MP reportedly offered to cover the cost of cocaine for the escorts, but declined to take any himself.
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