Introduction — Sept 11, 2016
This is pretty much routine now. Prominent members of the British establishment are accused of something unsavoury or indeed an outright crime and the powers that be immediately start closing ranks.
It happened when former Home Secretary Leon Brittan was accused of rape. It happened with numerous child abuse claims against Lord Greville Janner. In fact the allegation often only come to light when perpetrators are dead, as with Jimmy Savile and former prime minister Ted Heath.
In other words criminals and perverts are being protected by the establishment and the case of Keith Vaz is the latest example. In this case no less than the speaker of the Houses of Parliament has been caught sheilding the accused. Ed.
Nigel Nelson — The Mirror Sept 11, 2016
Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire – 15 miles from Mr Vaz’s Leicester East constituency – wrote to the Speaker on September 3 last year.
Mr Bridgen said that should the allegations be substantiated then Labour’s Mr Vaz should be suspended as chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Five days later Mr Bercow replied that he had no power to remove a select committee chair and warned Mr Bridgen not to use Parliamentary privilege to raise the matter in a Commons debate.
The Speaker said: “It would be inappropriate for you to make allegations of this nature against a colleague on the floor of the House”
On December 8 Mr Bridgen wrote to Mr Vaz and raised the allegations with him.
Married Mr Vaz, 59, replied two days later, saying: “The suggestion you make is highly defamatory.”
The new revelations emerged after Westminster was rocked by details of Mr Vaz’s meetings with male escorts exclusively told by the Sunday Mirror.
He paid for sex at his London flat while chair of the select committee, which had been reviewing Britain’s stance on prostitution and drugs.
Mr Bridgen said: “I was dismayed when the Speaker appeared to dismiss my concerns out of hand.
“To the casual observer these events had all the hallmarks of an establishment cover-up. My concerns regarding Mr Vaz long preceded the Sunday Mirror revelations.”
Two male escorts told how they had been meeting up with the MP. At the last rendezvous, on August 27, they went to his flat near his £2.1million family home in Edgware, North West London.
Father-of-two Mr Vaz had earlier texted the pair asking them to bring poppers, the sex-enhancing drug. One escort sent a message saying he was buying the drug and the MP replied: “Great.”
The men arrived at 11.30pm and the conversation turned to sex as Mr Vaz said: “We need to get this party started.”