Keith Vaz: 'I think we should be sympathetic after male escort scandal', says MP Simon Danczuk

Keith Vaz: 'I think we should be sympathetic', says MP Simon Danczuk

keith Vaz has stepped down as chair of the Home Affairs Committee

Monday, September 5, 2016

MP Simon Danczuk has said Keith Vaz should be treated with sympathy - but suggested the publication of reports that he hired two male escorts was in the public interest.

Vaz, chair of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, has announced he will step down from this role after it was reported at the weekend he met the male escorts at his flat in North London last month.

It was also claimed that money was paid into an account used by one of the escorts by a man linked to a charity set up by Vaz.

The Labour MP has now publically apologised to his wife and children for "hurt and distress".

Danczuk, whose own private life has been the source of media speculation, told talkRADIO the publication of the Vaz revelations "probably is [in the public interest] because of the positions he's held in Parliament, being chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

"There's probably no doubt about it that it's not the first time Keith's done it and that's probably what alerted the press to it. I think we're right to raise questions about whether he's been a hypocrite or not."

However Danczuk added: "It does appear that what he's done isn't illegal. He's obviously struggled with his sexuality, probably over a number of years, and I think we should be sympathetic to that."

Listen to the full interview to find out more