Indian-origin British politician Keith Vaz, one of the most influential MPs in the House of Commons and currently overseeing the biggest shake-up of Britain’s prostitution laws in a generation. has been forced to step down from his role over claims that he is leading a double life and had paid male prostitutes at his flat in North London.
The married MP is alleged to have met two Eastern European men for sex and boasted about sleeping with a prostitute without protection. Father-of-two, Vaz also offered to cover the cost of cocaine if it were bought to the London flat where he met the men, though he did not want any himself, ‘The Sunday Mirror’ has reported.
In a statement provided to ‘The Sun’, Vaz said that he will resign from his role on Tuesday: “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.”
Vaz’s parents were from Goa in India, but he was born in Aden, a British colony which is now part of Yemen, in 1956. The veteran MP has been the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, which monitors crime, immigration and drug policy, for almost a decade.