General election 2019: Labour’s Keith Vaz will not stand for re-election

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Labour’s Keith Vaz, who was suspended from the Commons after he was found to have “expressed willingness” to purchase cocaine for others, will not be standing for re-election.

Mr Vaz, who has been MP for Leicester East for 32 years, said in a statement he was retiring from Parliament.

He said it had been “an honour and a privilege” to serve his constituency.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had “made a substantial and significant contribution to public life”.

Mr Vaz was suspended for six months after a scathing report by the Commons standards commission, which found he “disregarded” the law by “expressing a willingness” to help buy cocaine for male prostitutes.

He had been re-selected as Labour’s candidate in Leicester East a few weeks before the publication of the standards report.

If he had been re-elected in 12 December’s general election he could have taken up his seat, with the suspension requiring a new vote in the next Parliament.

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