Right-winger stepped down at general election after Labour’s National Executive withdrew its endorsement over parliamentary censure
Former Labour MP Keith Vaz turned up at today’s meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to decide the process for the election of the party’s next leader – in spite of Labour withdrawing its endorsement of his candidacy after he was censured by Parliament.
Vaz stood down at the general election and has been replaced by Labour’s Claudia Webbe as the new MP for Leicester East. He had been censured by MPs after they found he had ‘expressed willingness’ to buy cocaine for male escorts – receiving a six-month suspension from Parliament which he did not serve when the general election intervened – and was facing suspension by the party pending investigation had he not quit.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that Mr Vaz attempted to enter today’s meeting, which many on the right of the party want to decide a process that helps their preferred candidates and their recent attempts to encourage right-wing ‘entryism’.
He was ultimately not allowed to participate.
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