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British Parliament suspends Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz for 6 months

Nov 01, 2019 08:00 IST

The UK Parliament on Thursday suspended one of Britain's longest-serving Indian-origin MPs Keith Vaz for six months after he was found to have "expressed willingness" to purchase cocaine for male prostitutes. The Parliament Standards Committee concluded in its report that the 62-year-old Goan-origin Labour Party MP for Leicester East had "disregarded" the law when he "expressed willingness" to purchase cocaine for male prostitutes. The Labour Party said it accepted the suspension recommendation, describing it as a "sad day for us". Vaz issued a statement soon after the report, saying he had been admitted to hospital due to ill health.

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