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Labour's Keith Vaz to stand down at general election

MP was facing suspension after he was found to have ‘expressed willingness’ to purchase cocaine for others

Labour’s Keith Vaz, who was facing suspension from the House of Commons for six months after he was found to have “expressed willingness” to purchase cocaine for others, will not stand at the 12 December general election, he has announced.

Vaz, who has been MP for Leicester East for 32 years, said he was retiring from parliament in a statement on Sunday evening.

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