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British MPs back Keith Vaz’s new appointment

British MPs have voted in favour of longest-serving Indian-origin lawmaker Keith Vaz joining a parliamentary committee, which oversees the workings of the UK’s courts, weeks after he was forced to step down as chair of Home Affairs Select Committee amid a sex scandal. 

Vaz, who quit last month as chair of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee amid a scandal over allegations involving male prostitutes, was on Monday elected a member of the House of Commons Justice Committee.

MPs voted for the 59-year-old Labour MP to be appointed to the committee by 203 votes to seven, a majority of 196. 

The rare vote on the Labour Party-backed appointment of Vaz came after Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen objected to it. Bridgen said: “An allegation in the Sunday Mirror, with supporting video footage, implied [Mr Vaz] had offered to purchase class A drugs while using the services of escorts. And yet here we are only a relatively few weeks later and the same member is seeking a position on the prestigious and influential justice committee while matters relating to his recent resignation remain.” 
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