Disgraced former MP continues to run party’s campaigns in Leicester despite dire results
Another campaign run by Keith Vaz, the former Labour MP at the centre of a drugs and male prostitute scandal – and found guilty of ‘sustained bullying’ by a parliamentary inquiry – has seen dire results. Labour’s vote share in the Evington (Leicester) by-election collapsed by more than fifteen points, while the Tories gained 12.9 points and the LibDems 12.5 in what is usually a Labour stronghold.
Labour held onto the seat by its fingernails but the result was yet another local election embarrassment for Keir Starmer’s visionless and Tory-imitating version of the Labour party – so much so that his centrist allies have tried to blame the result on Leicester MP Claudia Webbe.
But there is no reasonable doubt about who was the face of this campaign, with leaflets featuring ‘a personal message from Keith Vaz’ to introduce the party’s candidate:
This is far from Vaz’s first local election disaster as Labour’s campaign-runner in leicester. Vaz commandeered the Humberstone and Hamilton by-election in the city, despite just having been found guilty of sustained bullying and Labour lost it disastrously. Despite his record, Vaz has never been even suspended by the party.
It does make you wonder what planet so-called ‘centrist’ right-wingers live on that they think this was a good idea – and wonder at how shameless the Labour right is that it would take this campaign and try to blame it on an MP who is no longer even in the party after the regime’s shameful treatment of Claudia Webbe.
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