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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Excited Tories Celebrate Gaining Leicester East Council Seat With 18.4% Swing in Heavily Hindu Ward

Last night the Tories gained a council ward in Claudia Webbe’s Leicester East constituency, the gain in Humberstone & Hamilton by Daniel Crewe was in a majority ethnic ward. Leicester East is one of the top Hindu denominated wards in the country (21%). The Tories won 44.7% of the vote, an 18.4 point swing to them, Labour’s vote dropped -15.6 points to 33.2% and this was despite the Green Party vote collapsing -7.1 points to 8%. Giving the Tories their first councillor on Leicester Council for years.

The steady Tory inroad into ethnic Indian heritage voters has been given a steroid shot after Starmer’s Labour Party attacked the Tories in a chauvinistic appeal to Pakistani heritage voters with a crude negative association of Boris with India’s Prime Minister Modi. The UK has an estimated population of 1.4 million with Indian heritage and 1.2 million with Pakistani heritage. The politics of the sub-continent are finding an electoral echo in Britain today.

Keith Vaz had been out campaigning for the Humberstone & Hamilton council seat, which is within the borders of his old seat, and was the former ward of Vaz’s now deceased election agent, councillor John Thomas. Vaz has been campaigning and putting himself about very actively in recent months ahead of his successor Claudia Webbe’s imminent day in court. If the case goes badly for Webbe, Vaz would be in the running to be the Labour Party candidate in a parliamentary by-election in Leicester East. Slippery Vaz has managed to secure the chairmanship of the Leicester East constituency Labour Party to aid his efforts. Some suspect that if Vaz was blocked by Labour’s NEC he would try and stitch up the seat for his daughter, though many Labour figures are convinced he still hopes to return to the Commons in his own right. It would be ironic if the crude appeal in Batley and Spen to Pakistani chauvinism against India damaged his prospects with his core voter base…

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Keith Vaz Plots Return to Westminster

Keith Vaz is acting very much like a man who wants to get reselected for Leicester East. As readers know the MP who replaced him in 2019, Claudia Webbe, is currently suspended from the Labour Party facing harassment charges. Webbe pleads not guilty and is due to appear for trial on 16 March, 2021.

Webbe’s predecessor has not gone quietly into the night, for all intents and purposes acting as if he is still, or will soon be, the MP:

  • He has mailed a large number of households in Leicester with a campaign to save the local hospital. A classic self-promotion tactic, and a bizarre one given the local hospitals are receiving an extra £450 million.
  • He’s been out campaigning. It’s not uncommon to see Vaz making political appearances in Leicester, despite the pandemic. Recently protesting to save a local statue of Gandhi.
  • Guido understands Vaz appears to still be carrying out casework more than a year after leaving Parliament. Guido is told he is operating under an email address called ‘KeithOffice2020’…

While the jury is out on whether he will be successful, Vaz is putting in the effort to make a return to the green benches. He is powerful locally and it is clear he sees Webbe’s tenure as a mere interregnum. Surely he couldn’t come back? Surely…

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Labour NEC Decide Leadership Election Rules

Details are just now emerging from Labour’s NEC meeting setting the rules for the leadership election. It has reportedly been decided registered supporters will be able to sign up to vote in the contest, but only over a 48-hour window, expected to be between 14 and 16 January; however they will have to pay £25 for the privilege, as in 2016, not the infamous £3 supporters of 2015.

The NEC is also discussing a deadline of 20 January for new members being able to join the party and vote in the contest.

Bizarrely it has also emerged one individual deciding the rules is none other than Keith Vaz, who turned up as a BAME NEC representative claiming that if Labour excluded him it would be tantamount to bullying and abuse.

Developing…

UPDATE: Election will formally begin tomorrow (January 7th)

UPDATE II: Ballot to close April 2nd, results April 4th

UPDATE III: The full timetable is as follows:

  • 7-13 Jan – nominations from MPs and MEPs
  • 14-16 Jan – registered supporters can join
  • 15 Jan-14 Feb – CLPs (local parties) & unions can nominate
  • 20 Feb – Freeze date for new members
  • 21 Feb-2 April – voting
  • 4 April – result
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Keith Vaz’s Constituency Chair Resigns, Damn’s Corbyn as “Hoki Coki” Leader

The chairman of Keith Vaz’s Leicester East Constituency Labour Party, Councillor John Thomas has written to Jennie Formby, the party’s General Secretary, cancelling his membership of the Labour Party after 30 years and resigning as the chairman of the Leicester East CLP.

“This is great disappointment to me, realising that I have spent over 30 years of my life working for a party that I now know that I have nothing in common with. This is not the party I joined, the party for decent working people. I can no longer follow the clown that leads the Labour Party, he is heavily influenced by the Trotskyite Len McCluskey and is now as the Hoki Coki leader, in out, and shake it all about he has turned this great party into a laughing stock.

Please cancel the direct debit made in favour of your party by me and return all money’s taken by you through Leicester City Council Labour Group to me. I am also shocked that you have chosen a candidate who is a Councillor in Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington CLP to be the Labour Candidate for Leicester East for the next General Election. Where is the democracy in all this? It is a fix and a disgrace.”

His resignation speaks for itself…

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