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Caulfield and Vaz

On 1 Nov 2016 at 10:21am Clifford wrote:
Our MP voted last night to give the discredited Keith Vaz a place on the Justice Select Committee. I'm not usually shocked by any thing politicians get up to, but words fail me. So I'll quote someone else:
'When 203 MPs voted for Keith Vaz to join the Justice select committee last night, everyone assumed Labour MPs had turned up to back their man. In actual fact, Guido can reveal that it was the Tories who whipped their side to secure Vaz’s position. A disbelieving Conservative MP tells Guido that as he walked through the voting Lobby he saw a group of Tory whips ordering their MPs to vote for Vaz. There was no Labour whipping operation, only a small number of Labour MPs turned up for the vote. As a result 159 of the 203 MPs who voted for Vaz were Tories, including ministers like Amber Rudd, Jeremy Hunt and Liam Fox. The whips’ pathetic argument was “you’re voting for the process, not for him”. This decision to appoint Vaz to the Justice committee is one of parliament’s most shameful acts in recent years – and the Tories are the ones responsible…'
On 1 Nov 2016 at 10:30am The Greek wrote:
He is a good politician, regardless of his private life.
On 1 Nov 2016 at 11:25am Clifford wrote:
The Greek - it is nothing to do with his private life. It is stuff like this:

'He was suspended from parliament for making false allegations against the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.
It was found that he had given false information to the Standards and Privileges Committee and Elizabeth Filkin about his financial relationship to the Hinduja brothers.
Failing to register his paid employment at the Leicester Law Centre when he first entered parliament in 1987.
Failing to register a donation from the Caparo group in 1993.
Failing to register complimentary hospitality and hotel rooms supplied by Indian tycoon Joginder Sanger which he used for encounters with young men in 2013 and 2014.
He denied receiving cash from from a solicitor, Sarosh Zaiwalla. He was later found to have received £4,500 and censured as a result.
He has previously been found in Contempt of the House.
He lobbied against the extradition of the Anglo-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi to France when he was in the pay of one of his companies.
He was described by then MP Patrick Mercer, as “a crook of the first order”, when recruiting him to his TV sting exposé inspired APPG. Mercer had chosen to recruit him because he said he had “never met an operator like him… I mean it’s not always completely ethical, but it’s stunning, he is an operator”.
Despite living just 45 minutes from Westminster Vaz claimed expenses for a Westminster flat.
Prostitutes were paid off by an employee of Vaz’s charity.
For some reason Leicestershire police, despite considering a range of possible offences including; wasteful employment of the police, attempting to pervert the course of justice and road traffic offences, have failed to prosecute him. Ordinary police officers felt he was untouchable by virtue of his position of influence on the Home Affairs Committee. Putting him on the Justice Committee risks repeating that error of judgement.'
On 1 Nov 2016 at 12:30pm The Greek wrote:
I stand corrected.
On 1 Nov 2016 at 3:26pm Jonny wrote:
Vaz obviously has friends in high places or, he has pictures of friends in high places. Probably with and orange in the mouth and a nob up the bum. Lovely man.
On 1 Nov 2016 at 4:47pm Local wrote:
As crooked as they come. You can add to that list the careful arranging for his wife to hoover up the physio contract from Leicester Council.
On 2 Nov 2016 at 10:53am Kelly-Marie Blundell LD wrote:
We still have the most ridiculous system where a Member of Parliament cannot be dismissed from holding that post.
We need electoral reform.
On 3 Nov 2016 at 8:49am John Stockdale wrote:
John Stonehouse (fraud covered up by a fake suicide) was sentenced to a substantial term in prison and had to ask the Governor for permission to apply for the Chiltern Hundreds to end his term as MP. Jeffrey Archer, on the other hand, was automatically disqualified for being bankrupt. Nicely balanced sense of proportion.

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