The BBC reports:
Labour MP Keith Vaz has stepped down as chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee. It follows newspaper claims he paid for the services of two male sex workers. 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.”
At the weekend, the Sunday Mirror published pictures it said showed Mr Vaz with male sex workers in a flat in north London that he owns. Illegal drugs were mentioned during a secretly recorded conversation. Another Labour MP will now be elected to replace him, with Conservative MP Tim Loughton taking over as interim chairman. Speaking after Mr Vaz had informed committee colleagues of his intention to resign, Mr Loughton said a new chairman should be in place in October.
The “illegal drugs” were poppers.
From The Mirror:
MP Keith Vaz tried to hide his real identity from two male escorts by telling them he was a washing machine salesman named Jim. He blurted out the pseudonym as he was about to engage in sexual activity with two Eastern European male escorts. As they discussed sex, the men asked the married Labour MP about his work.
Mr Vaz said: “These are industrial washing machines, that I sell. Industrial. For big – for hotels.” He went on to say the machines were used to clean towels in bulk. Minutes later, as the men said they undressed, one of the escorts asked Mr Vaz: “What’s your name, by the way?”
He replied: “Jim”, then spelt it out letter by letter, saying: “J-I-M.” But Mr Vaz had already been rumbled because one of the escorts said he recognised the famous and powerful MP from his frequent appearances on television.
According to his Wikipedia page, shortly after being elected Vaz led a march of thousands of Muslims to demand that Salman Rushie’s book, The Satanic Verses, be banned from sale in the United Kingdom. The rest of the page is heavy with other controversies.