The disgraced Labour politician is planning to try his luck in the 2024 general elections …. reports Asian Lite News
Veteran Labour politician Keith Vaz is back on fold as the new chairman of the constituency Labour party (CLP) in Leicester East that he represented for 32 years.
Vaz quit Parliament in 2019 after receiving a six-month Commons ban over drug allegations involving sex workers. He was voted in as chair on Tuesday night, the Guardian reported.
The report said that John Thomas, the former chair of Leicester East Labour party and an ally of Vaz, said Vaz had stood because the local party was failing to function. “The local party is in absolute chaos. Some people have demanded that Keith get involved,” the Guardian quoted Mr Thomas as saying.
There was disquiet among some members because the constituency’s new MP, Claudia Webbe, was left-wing, he said. “The new MP is a Corbyn supporter but the party in Leicester is much more to the right. Keith knows the people here.”
Vaz was once the longest-sitting MP of Asian origin, who was given the longest ever ban for offering to buy cocaine for sex workers and obstructing inquiries by the standards commissioner.
Despite facing the longest ban ever imposed by parliament last year, Vaz is also a member of Labour’s ruling body, the national executive committee.
Webbe won the safe seat for Labour with a reduced majority of 6,019 down from 22,428 scored by Vaz.