Labour MP Keith Vaz should be suspended for six months for “expressing willingness to purchase cocaine for another person”, parliament’s standards committee has recommended.
It said he had committed a “very serious breach” of the Commons code of conduct over an incident first reported in 2016.
MPs will now have to vote on whether to enforce the recommended action. If they do, it could trigger the process for constituents of the Leicester East MP to unseat him and force a by-election.
The parliamentary investigation was launched after the Sunday Mirror claimed more than three years ago that Mr Vaz paid two male escorts for sex and offered to to buy cocaine for others to use.
A recording of their conversation also shows the men discussing “poppers” and “weed”.
According to the standards committee, Mr Vaz said he met the two men “to discuss the interior decoration of his flat” but declined to comment on details “on grounds of the medical condition of amnesia”.
He was a highly influential MP as chair of the home affairs select committee, but left the role in September 2016.
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