Commons in silence as Keith Vaz speaks out after sting
Watch: Labour MP carries on as usual despite rent boy sex allegations
Parliamentarians were this morning busy speculating about whether Keith Vaz would ask his customary question at weekly home affairs questions in the Commons.
“He’s got plenty of chutzpah,” said one colleague. “I’ll be surprised if he keeps away.”
In the event, the home affairs select committee did not let down those who were relying on him to show a bit of steely resilience after the recent newspaper allegations about his private life.
Vaz rose to his feet to “warmly welcome” Amber Rudd to the post of home secretary. He then asked if the government would change the law to ensure that suspects on bail have to hand over passports to police.
Vaz remained in the Commons chamber for foreign office questions, when he also piped up to ask about the government’s response to the “massive humanitarian crisis” in Yemen.
The Labour MP’s performance today masked the fact that his career is hanging the balance over claims in the Sunday Mirror that he paid for the services of male escorts.
The paper said the married father-of-two paid for the men to visit him last month at a flat he owns in London.
Theresa May was asked about Vaz during a press conference in China where she has been meeting world leaders at the G20 summit. The prime minister said “what Keith does is for Keith”.
But she added: “I have always been clear throughout my political career that I think what is important for people is they feel they are able to have confidence in their politicians. And that’s what I think we all have a duty to provide for those who elect us.”