British Labour MP Keith Vaz on Tuesday stepped down from his post as the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee following media reports that he paid for the services of two male escorts, BBC has reported.
In a statement released by Vaz, he said: “It is in the best interest of the Home Affairs Select Committee that its important work can be conducted without any distractions whatsoever. I am genuinely sorry that recent events make it impossible for this to happen if I remain chair. The integrity of the select committee system matters to me.”
“This is my decision, and mine alone, and my first consideration has been the effect of recent events on my family,” he added.
The MP for Leicester East told committee members on Tuesday morning and consulted with the office of Jeremy Corbyn before announcing the decision, The Guardian has reported.
Vaz had to relinquish his post following accusations he paid for the services of three male escorts and offered to buy them cocaine.