British Lawmaker, Keith Vaz resigns after cocaine scandal

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Veteran British lawmaker Keith Vaz has resigned from the parliament barely a month after he was involved in a cocaine scandal.

The 62 year old who was first elected for the central English city of Leicester in 1987 announced his resignation late that he will not stand again in next month’s vote.

Last month, a watchdog of the parliament called for Vaz to be suspended for six months for expressing willingness to buy cocaine during an encounter with two male sex workers.

In September 2016, the Sunday Mirror tabloid reported that Vaz, posing as an industrial washing machine salesman called Jim, invited the the men into his flat and offered to pay for cocaine for another man to use.

The watchdog said his suggestion that the men were there to discuss redecorating the London flat was “ludicrous”.

Vaz said at the time he had been receiving treatment for a serious mental health condition as a result of the incident.

 




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