Keith Vaz is no longer under investigation by police and will not face charges over allegations he offered to buy cocaine for two male escorts.
The Labour MP for Leicester East was the subject of a Sunday Mirror investigation, which claimed to show him meeting the escorts and offering to pay for cocaine if it was brought to a future meeting.
The married father of two stood down from his influential role as chair of the home affairs select committee, which among other areas scrutinises drug and prostitution policy. He later took up a position on the justice committee.
The Metropolitan police opened an investigation last month into whether Vaz, 60, had broken any drug laws after it received a complaint from Andrew Bridgen, the Tory MP for North West Leicestershire.
On Friday the force confirmed it had closed its inquiry. “During the investigation new information was received and additional advice obtained from the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service], following which the MPS [Metropolitan police service] has made the decision to close the investigation with no person being charged.”
Vaz apologised to his family after the Sunday Mirror article was published in September, but condemned the tactics of the newspaper’s reporters, saying it was “deeply troubling that a national newspaper should have paid individuals who have acted in this way”.
A statement from his law firm, Howard Kennedy, confirmed the police investigation had been dropped. It said: “The Metropolitan police service has informed us that they have decided ‘not to proceed any further’ with their investigation arising from reports in the Sunday Mirror and the Mirror and that the investigation is ‘now closed’. This investigation followed the complaint made to them by Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative member of parliament for North West Leicestershire.”
Vaz reportedly told the Romanian male escorts that his name was Jim and he was a washing machine salesman. He was quoted discussing with the men the possibility of obtaining cocaine for them next time they met, although he reportedly said he would not want to take the drug himself.
After claims by Vaz’s friends that the MP may have been drugged during the sting, the Mirror released new details of the alleged encounter, which the paper claims was a second meeting between Vaz and the two sex workers. It included a transcript of him allegedly ordering them to take up sexual positions.
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