Keith Vaz has no place in British politics, says opponent Andrew Bridgen

'Keith Vaz was voted on the justice committee to prove a point of principle', says Andrew Bridgen

Keith Vaz

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Keith Vaz is not fit to be an MP, let alone serve on the Parliamentary justice committee, according to opponent Andrew Bridgen.

Bridgen, the Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, led calls to block Vaz's appointment to the committee after reports claimed he paid for two male sex workers. Despite Bridgen's campaign, the Commons voted 203 to seven in favour of Vaz's ascension to the role.

Bridgen remained defiant when speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer, saying Scotland Yard have informed him they are "making assessments of how to proceed," over allegations he supplied "a controlled substance."

The MP continued by saying Vaz's appointment "lowers our esteem in the eyes of the public," and suggested many of his fellow Tories supported it to stay in favour with the opposition, as the Conservatives had a "point of principle the positions that were vacant were for the Labour party to fill."

He also discussed potential questions Vaz will have to answer over his property portfolio. Listen to the interview above