Vaz Re-Selection Paper Found on House of Commons Photocopier

A co-conspirator using a parliamentary photocopier in Norman Shaw North made a startling discovery this morning: the re-selection paper for Keith Vaz – Guido knows he’s a fan of large white home appliances…

This find raises two important questions:

  • Why was it being photocopied in the first place?
  • And why use tax-funded resources to do so?

Ballots are organised by the local party. There is no reason why an MP would be handling multiple copies. All very odd…

mdi-timer 25th September 2019 @ 1:36 pm 25th Sep 2019 @ 1:36 pm mdi-comment Comments
Neil Coyle Hits Out At ‘Jim’ Vaz

Labour’s Neil Coyle conducted a scathing interview on Sky News, lashing out at Labour’s process to reinstate Chris Williamson, which involved both Keith Vaz and Huda Elmi. Curiously he presumably mistakenly referred to Keith as ‘Jim’.

“I think Jim Vaz needs to look at himself and wonder if he was in the best place to make that kind of judgement or whether he would be better off sticking to laundry quite frankly.”

Surely just a slip of the tongue…

Curiously Jim  Keith is now opposing the decision he took yesterday to reinstate Williamson. Classic Labour competence… 

mdi-timer 27th June 2019 @ 7:00 pm 27th Jun 2019 @ 7:00 pm mdi-comment Comments
Vaz “Personally” Paid For Undeclared Saudi Trip

As Guido reported last week, there was one MP’s junket to Saudi Arabia which was conspicuously absent from the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Keith Vaz’s spokesman has said that the reason why the trip wasn’t declared was because Vaz paid for it all himself:

‘’The visit to Riyadh in December 2017 was as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Yemen to meet the Yemeni President who was living there. The cost of the visit, accommodation and travel was borne by Mr Vaz personally. It was therefore not declarable.”

Vaz visited the Yemeni President and Foreign Minister, the Saudi Foreign Minister and the King Salman Relief Centre on his trip to Riyadh last December. Yet neither the Saudi or Yemeni Governments were generous enough to reach into their pockets to help him cover any of the cost of his trip. Vaz’s £77,379 salary is the sort of money the Saudis lose down the back of the sofa – after all they’ve shelled out over £170,000 to British MPs in the last 18 months. Poor old Keith must have really rubbed them up the wrong way for them to not offer him any declarable hospitality…

Vaz is not famously keen on putting his hand in his pocket for hotel expenses. Guido remembers another time Vaz forgot to make a declaration – Vaz Didn’t Declare Hotels Used For Encounters With Young Men“. Is it possible that he has done the same again?

mdi-timer 23rd October 2018 @ 12:09 pm 23rd Oct 2018 @ 12:09 pm mdi-comment Comments
Vaz’s Vanishing Saudi Sojourn

Readers will have been following Guido’s series on those Tory and Labour MPs who have been enjoying the generous hospitality of the Saudi regime. However, keen Middle East observers may have noticed a conspicuous absence from Guido’s lists so far. Regular readers of the Saudi press or even the Daily Mail may recall that a certain Mr Keith Vaz also paid a visit to Saudi Arabia in December last year…

According to Arab News, Vaz visited the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in the Saudi capital Riyadh, meeting with its General Supervisor Dr Abdullah Al-Rabeeah and making a statement praising the organisation. Vaz even brought up his trip in Parliament and added that he had met with the Saudi Foreign Minister. Yet the only foreign trip that Vaz has declared in his register of financial interests is a trip funded by the Indian Government in January this year – despite Vaz being deemed “too unwell” to face a parliamentary investigation. There is no trace of Vaz’s Saudi trip whatsoever. Will the Standards Committee have to open another investigation into Vaz before they’ve even concluded the first?

mdi-timer 19th October 2018 @ 4:41 pm 19th Oct 2018 @ 4:41 pm mdi-comment Comments
Runners & Riders: Standards Committee Chair

Standards Committee Chair Sir Kevin Baron resigned yesterday citing his frustration with the lack of transparency in Parliamentary investigations. Thankfully there are a good number in Parliament who are experienced in the field of standards investigations. As ever, Guido brings you the most experienced runners and riders to take on this auspicious role…

  • Keith Vaz: On the two year anniversary of the formal investigation being opened into his conduct, who else has more experience of standards investigations? His litany of misadventures is like that of no other MP. Vaz seems to be the clearly most experienced for the post.
  • Jared O’Mara: Although new to parliament O’Mara has already made a big impact. A rising star who the Standards Committee will already know well.
  • Damian Green: Time on his hands now he’s out of the cabinet. Very driven. Hard worker.
  • Stephen Crabb: Gets on very well with potential staff. Too well.
  • Debbie Abrahams: Sacked from the front bench after bullying allegations. On the look out for a new job…
  • Dan Poulter: Experienced with disciplinary investigations. Plenty of hands on experience.
  • Ian Paisley Jr: Despite his 30 day parliamentary suspension beginning yesterday, he would be a perfect fit for the role. Once he returns to work.
  • John Bercow: Had promised to retire from his current job by now. Knows how to get away with all sorts of shenanigans. He acts like a shop steward already…
  • Clive ‘On Your Knees Bitch’ Lewis: Erudite, used to complaints, and out of favour with his party leadership after he and Owen Jones appeared to be manoeuvring to oust Corbyn last year. He has enough time on his hands…
mdi-timer 5th September 2018 @ 1:30 pm 5th Sep 2018 @ 1:30 pm mdi-comment Comments
Keith Vaz Bullying Claims

Former Commons clerk Jenny McCullough has come forward to BBC Newsnight with evidence that Keith Vaz bullied and intimidated staff, especially those who attempted to call out his improper behaviour.

This follows the charge sheet that Vaz has accumulated so far.

The person who answers for Labour on bullying and harassment of clerks is… Valerie Vaz…

mdi-timer 2nd August 2018 @ 7:41 am 2nd Aug 2018 @ 7:41 am mdi-comment Comments
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