Vaz-Pants ex-Councillor to Appear in Court over 11 Criminal Charges

Co-conspirators may remember Vaz-Pants – an ex-Labour councillor who once boasted of having Keith Vaz “in his right pocket”, and who resigned from his council seat shortly after losing his taxi driver licence amid allegations he’d “sat outside a swimming pool in his pants”. A close ally in the venerable Vaz chumocracy… 

Guido hears things haven’t improved much for Vaz-Pants (real name Gurpal Atwal) in the years since his resignation. Apparently he’s now being charged with 11 criminal offences, including fraud, relating to his 2017 bankruptcy. Investigators found he’d transferred transferred £600,000 worth of land he owned in India to family members, against the instructions of his bankruptcy order. He also once threatened to kill the father of his ex-business partner.

Guido’s sources say he’ll appear in Leicester Magistrates’ Court for a hearing on 7th September at 10am. Will he drag Vaz down with him?

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Vaz Is Back Again

Keith Vaz was back on the campaign trail over the weekend for Leicester East, doing his bit to elect Labour candidate Shahid Ullah Khan as the new councillor for Evington. As the photo above shows, Vaz and his team provoked a strong reaction from some of the locals.

Guido also hears Vaz has allegedly now reached a deal with Leicester East Labour to step aside in the inevitable by-election to replace Claudia Webbe. As part of that deal, the party has agreed to try and find a job for Vaz’s daughter – although not as the candidate for Leicester East, as Keith had reportedly hopedInstead, it’s assumed she’ll stand in a Labour safe seat at the next general election, so don’t expect Vaz to go away again any time soon.

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Keith Vaz Set to Party as Leicester Return Dreams Fade

While Westminster parties may be being cancelled left, right and centre Keith Vaz will be hoping Boris’s plan B activation doesn’t interfere with his plans. He’s set to welcome guests in Leicester next Wednesday for a “Diversity Dinner” in the presence of a very special guest”. Guido presumes Keith isn’t referring to himself, though wouldn’t put it past him.

Life isn’t all a party for Vaz, however. Leicester Labour sources tell Guido that Starmer has told him he can’t be the candidate in next year’s almost inevitable by-election. When Vaz allegedly then proposed his daughter this was also rejected, however there’s word a deal may be cut with Southside to allow her to stand in a safe Labour retirement seat at the next election. Guido hopes Keith enjoys his snowy December party…

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Starmer’s Keith Vaz Dilemma

Following the guilty verdict and a warning from the judge that she could face a prison sentence, Labour has officially called for Webbe to quit her seat, which would trigger a by-election. Webbe is protesting her innocence and has made clear that she plans to continue as an MP. “While I’m preparing for the appeal I want to assure the people of Leicester East that I will continue to stand up for them in parliament, fighting on their behalf,” she says, meaning she will continue to collect her £6,827-a-month salary during the months she is on bail awaiting her appeal date. Keith Vaz, however, doesn’t think she will win the appeal and is working to reclaim the seat she took off him after he was disgraced. What have the people of Leicester East done to deserve these rogues?

Vaz has been campaigning hard for the nomination as the Labour Party’s Leicester East candidate, maintaining an office in the constituency which has been full with people out the door all hours; he’s summoning activists one-by-one in preparation for a by-election with himself as candidate. His message is “it’s either me or lose the seat”. One source tells Guido “the interesting thing is he’s been summoning people since Monday, it’s like he knew all along Claudia would be found guilty.” More likely, he was hoping.

Guido is told that Vaz has 2 unofficial constituency offices in Leicester – one on Melton Road and one on Uppingham Road. They are staffed, yet we do not know how they are funded, they compete with Webbe’s own constituency office. The Uppingham Road office Vaz has had in operation for 2 years, since Sunday night it’s had a queue outside to get in, he’s summoning all the Labour members that he controls – they call him “boss” – to further his reselection with the argument “because of her we will lose all this hard work and our representation”, he’s expected to feign an “I didn’t want to do it again but the members selected me, what can I do” stance.

If Labour make the seat an all women shortlist seat, he has his daughter lined up to succeed Claudia. If Starmer bites the bullet and gets the NEC to select a candidate – on emergency grounds –  Vaz is explicitly saying they will lose the seat and implicitly hinting he might stand as an independent, guaranteeing Labour lost the seat. If Starmer allows Vaz to be the candidate it will stink of corruption and old fashioned machine politics. The Tories last won the seat in 1983…

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Keith Vaz Returns to Frontline Politics at Conference

Labour conference, it has emerged, is set to enjoy the presence of Keith Vaz this week after the ex-MP signed up to speak at a Hindus for Labour fringe event. Vaz’s presence comes just four days after a parliamentary investigation found his bullying behaviour to have been “hostile, sustained, harmful and unworthy of a member of parliament”, writing that he “should be ashamed”…

According to the listing in the official Labour guide, Vaz will appear alongside shadow ministers Preet Gill and Steve Reed.

Not only is Keith Vaz still allowed to remain a Labour member, he recently took up a role on the party’s local government committee in Leicester. Not a good look…

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Claudia’s in Court, Not Brighton

Labour MP Claudia Webbe has her hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court this morning at 10.00, in Court 10, on a charge related to two years-worth of harassing a young woman. Keith Vaz has his fingers crossed

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