Keith Vaz

MP, Leicester East

Leicester East Labour

Keith Vaz campaigned to remain in the European Union

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Keith Vaz’s voting in Parliament

Keith Vaz is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

This is a selection of Keith Vaz’s votes.

  • Almost always voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
  • Consistently voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
  • Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
  • Generally voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes

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Keith Vaz has sometimes rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Community Pharmacy in 2016-17 and Beyond 20 Oct 2016

    I declare my interest as a type 2 diabetic and as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on diabetes. The Minister is wrong to say that Leicester has too many pharmacies. The fact is that the population demands those services. Instead of making these cuts, why does he not spend that 25,000 on diabetes prevention, thus saving the national health service a huge amount of money in the...
  • Rights of EU Nationals 19 Oct 2016

    May I add the hon. Gentleman’s wife, who is of Hungarian origin, to that list of people?
  • Rights of EU Nationals 19 Oct 2016

    It is a pleasure to support such a consistent politician as the hon. Member for Cardiff North (Craig Williams)—a remainer one day and a leaver the next! However, he made a strong case for a guarantee for EU citizens to remain in this country. The difficulty is that all those amazing quotes he has gathered—which the hon. Member for Braintree (James Cleverly), with all his...

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Labour MP for Leicester East

Entered the House of Commons on 11 June 1987 — General election


Topics of interest

  • Home Department
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Health
  • Constitutional Affairs
  • Trade and Industry
  • Diabetes
  • Yemen
  • India
  • Public Bodies
  • Public Appointments

Currently held offices

  • Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (since 30 Nov 2015)
  • Member, Administration Committee (since 20 Jul 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (10 Sep 2015 to 13 Sep 2016)
  • Chair, Home Affairs Committee (18 Jun 2015 to 13 Sep 2016)
  • Member, Administration Committee (29 Oct 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (30 Nov 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) (13 Jan 2010 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (26 Jul 2007 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Chair, Home Affairs Committee (26 Jul 2007 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (25 Jul 2007 to 26 Jul 2007)
  • Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee (1 Jul 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Constitutional Affairs Committee (28 Jan 2003 to 8 Nov 2007)
  • Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (11 Oct 1999 to 7 Jun 2001)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department) (17 May 1999 to 28 Jul 1999)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (1 Jun 1992 to 1 Jun 1997)
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (17 Jun 1987 to 26 Oct 1992)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 108 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs. See all Keith Vaz’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 120 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 51.62% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 68 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 92 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Keith Vaz’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1441 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 17 Oct 2016.

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
House in Leicester, which is used as my constituency office: (i).
Flat in London: (i) and (ii).
House in Leicester: (i) and (ii). (Updated 28 June 2016)
8. Miscellaneous
I own two season tickets for Leicester City Football Club. However, I am invited from time to time into the directors’ box to watch matches. The annual value of this benefit is below registrable value. (Updated 1 December 2014 and 2 June 2015)
Barrister (not practising).

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