Keith Vaz: 'The Sunday Mirror must come clean', says human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell

Keith Vaz: 'The Sunday Mirror must come clean', says human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell

Keith Vaz paid for two male escorts in his flat

Monday, September 5, 2016

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has claimed there is no clear reason that reporting on Keith Vaz using male escorts was in the public interest

It was reported over the weekend that Vaz paid for two male escorts at his North London flat last month, leading to his resignation as chair of the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

LGBT campaigner Tatchell said "I find it really difficult to see any public interest justification for the Sunday Mirror's exposure of Keith Vaz.

"We don't know the full facts, we don't know whether his wife knew and they had an arrangement. There are loads of issues that are unknown so we should not jump to conclusions."

Tatchell continued by saying that "the Sunday Mirror must come clean. Did they have prior knowledge that the escorts were meeting with Keith Vaz, and did the Sunday Mirror collude with those escorts? How much did the Sunday Mirror pay the escorts for this story?

"Members of Parliament, like other public figures, do have a right to privacy, unless they violate the law, hurt other people or are guilty of hypocrisy."

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