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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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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