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MP Keith Vaz ‘could serve just two days of his six-month suspension’

‘Sad issue’: Keith Vaz outside Westminster PICTURE: GETTY

DISGRACED MP Keith Vaz could serve just two days of his six-month suspension after parliament is dissolved for the general election.

The Labour MP for Leicester East was handed the ban after meeting male escorts and allegedly offering to buy cocaine. He was then accused of failing to co-operate with a parliamentary standards investigation.

MPs upheld the suspension yesterday but Jacob Rees-Mogg confirmed that it will be up to the next parliament to decide on the remainder of his punishment. ‘The committee has asked that the next Leader of the House, or me if I continue in office, would bring the suspension forward as soon as the House reassembles so that it isn’t in effect only a two-day suspension,’ he added.

Mr Vaz, 62, has been re-selected by his constituency association but has not yet said whether he will stand.

He could be de-selected next week by Labour’s National Executive Committee. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said it was a ‘sad issue’ and he should stand aside.