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Keith Vaz rent boy scandal to be assessed by Met Police

By Staff Reporter

Police are to "assess and identify what criminal offences - if any - may have been committed" in the wake of Sunday newspaper revelations about Labour MP Keith Vaz.

Mr Vaz (59), a married father-of-two, quit as chairman of the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on Tuesday after becoming embroiled in a rent boy scandal.

The Leicester East MP had a conversation regarding cocaine with one of the male escorts in which the MP said he did not want to use the drug, but indicated that he would pay for it for the other man at a later date, according to the Sunday Mirror.

In the wake of the revelations, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, a strong critic of Mr Vaz, indicated he would be writing to Scotland Yard, calling for Mr Vaz to be investigated for misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to supply controlled substances.

Scotland Yard released a statement yesterday saying that following the Sunday Mirror allegations it had received a letter requesting police consider the matter concerning a MP.

It added: "At this stage a police investigation has not been launched."

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