Police have begun investigating drugs allegations against Keith Vaz

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Police have started a drugs investigation following allegations about the private life of MP Keith Vaz.

Vaz quit as chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs committee in September, after being at the centre of a rent boy scandal.

The allegations stem from a Sunday Mirror report. Scotland Yard said police had received a letter on September 7 asking them to look into matter.

Keith Vaz
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The Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) Special Enquiry Team, part of Specialist Crime and Operations, began an assessment process to see "what criminal offences - if any - may have been committed," according to Scotland Yard.

A spokesman said: "Following that assessment, which included obtaining early investigative advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, the MPS is now investigating offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971."

Keith Vaz
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Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East and father of two, had a conversation regarding cocaine with one of the male escorts in which the MP said he did not want to use the drug, but indicated that he would pay for it for the other man at a later date, according to the Sunday Mirror.

In the wake of the revelations, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who has been highly critical of Vaz, said he would write to Scotland Yard calling for Vaz to be investigated for misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to supply controlled substances.

The investigation began on Thursday.