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Keith Vaz MP

Home Affairs Select Committee Chairman

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Leading Rotherham figure's evidence questioned

An MP has written to a former official at Rotherham council to ask about her evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the child abuse scandal.

Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz said he wanted a “full explanation” from Joyce Thacker, the former director of children’s services, after an apparent discrepancy between her sworn testimony and other documentary records.

The questions relates to papers which appear to show that a child-protection body she was part of kept the ethnicity of men secret to protect “community cohesion”.


Vaz: Ministers should defend appointments

Keith Vaz has said ministers should "stop and think very carefully" before rejecting select committee advice on appointments.

In an interview with The House magazine Mr Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs select committee, said pre-confirmation hearings are “a very powerful tool” and minsters should take them more seriously.

The Home Affairs committee is expected to hold a hearing later this month with Tom Winsor, Home Secretary Theresa May’s controversial choice for the post of Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

He raised the example of Vince Cable, who in February appointed Les Ebdon as director of the Office for Fair Access despite over the objections of the Business, Innovation and Skills committee.

Mr Vaz said: “If a select committee says no, I think a minister should stop and think very carefully. And the next stage should not be to just go off and appoint the same person, but to actually come before the committee and defend their views."


Vaz: UK/US extradition agreement 'too one-sided'

Keith Vaz has said the extradition of British student Richard O'Dwyer is the clearest example of the "one-sided" UK/US extradition agreement fails to "protect the rights of British citizens".

The chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee plans to meet with Mr O'Dwyer and his mother next week after it became clear the Sheffield student faced up to 10 years in a high-security US prison for alleged copyright violations after setting up the tvshack.net website in 2007.


Ex-PCC may face action over 'misleading' evidence

The disgraced former Police and Crime Commissioner who resigned yesterday following pressure over the Rotherham child abuse scandal has been accused of giving misleading evidence to a parliamentary inquiry.

Last night, Keith Vaz, head of the Home Affairs Select committee that heard Mr Wright’s evidence, said he was concerned over the information he gave under oath, and hinted at further action to be taken.


MPs probe Rochdale case

MPs are set to question those closely involved with the recent jailing of nine men in Rochdale for sexual offences against young girls.

The Home Affairs Committee will look at the sexual exploitation of children through "localised grooming" drawing on the lessons learnt from the case.

The head of Rochdale Council and Greater Manchester Police’s senior policeman will give evidence to MPs.

The Committee Chair, Keith Vaz, said “It is vital that we know the truth about why these abuses took place and that we have robust measures to guard against them.”

The Telegraph reported today that Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal said grooming of white women was a "particular problem" in Asian communities.

The hearing will take place next week.


Police officers taking second jobs

Thousands of police officers are breaking official guidelines to take second jobs as private investigators, security workers and drivers. The Home Affairs Committee pledged to investigate the recent growth in additional business interests after chair Keith Vaz said the potential conflict of interest was "of very serious concern".