Labour MP Keith Vaz stands down after the drug row

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Keith Vaz, the Labour MP who was suspended after he “expressed willingness” to buy illegal substances for two male prostitutes, announced that he is not going to take part in the general election in December. Vaz said that he will retire from politics after 32 years as the MP for Leicester East. He thanked everybody for the support given to him for all these years. Jeremy Corbyn said that Vaz had “made a substantial and significant contribution to public life,” and thanked him for helping “to pave the way for more BAME people to become involved in politics.” Vaz’s resignation came shortly after he was handed a six month suspension for breaching the House of Commons code of conduct. He was reprimanded for allegedly offering to reimburse two male sex workers for cocaine. He denied knowing the two were sex workers and said he could not remember the incident fully because of alleged memory problems.

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