MP Keith Vaz admitted to hospital

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Leicester East MP, Keith Vaz has been admitted to hospital amid facing suspension from the House of Commons for six months.

Over the past 24 hours, Vaz has been in the news after he was found to have “expressed willingness” to purchase cocaine for male prostitutes, according to the Daily Express.

The report released on Monday recommended Vaz be suspended for six months after he was “evasive and unhelpful” during the investigation.

A statement posted Vaz’s website said, “The events of August 27, 2016 were purely personal and private, and occurred in circumstances where neither Mr Vaz’s public nor his Parliamentary role were engaged.”

“Mr Vaz has never bought, possessed, dealt with or used illegal drugs. He has a cardiovascular condition which would mean that were he to consume any non-prescribed drugs he would in all likelihood die.

“The Commissioner has confirmed that Mr Vaz has not committed any criminal acts. The referrals made (including by Andrew Bridgen MP) were a waste of police resources.

“Mr Vaz has cooperated at all stages of this process. Mr Vaz vigorously rejects the allegation that he has failed to cooperate with the inquiry.

“He has today been admitted to hospital and this office will not be making any further comments.”

Vaz has been an MP for Leicester East since 1987.

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