Charity Commission examines claims around charity set up by Keith Vaz

Media reports today say that someone linked to the diabetes charity Silver Star unwittingly provided money to two male prostitutes before they met the MP

Keith Vaz
Keith Vaz

The Charity Commission is looking into claims that a man linked to a charity set up by the Labour MP Keith Vaz provided money to two male prostitutes the MP allegedly met.

According to media reports today, an individual linked to the diabetes charity Silver Star unwittingly provided payments to the two prostitutes before they met Vaz, who is the Labour MP for Leicester East.

According to The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Vaz has told friends the claims are untrue. Third Sector could not contact the MP or Silver Star for comment.

Silver Star is based in Leicester and also has offices in London, Mumbai and Goa.

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said: "The Charity Commission is aware of the allegations made regarding an individual linked to the charity Silver Star. The commission has asked for any evidence to be submitted and has contacted the charity as a matter of urgency this morning. We will assess any evidence to determine whether there is a regulatory role for the commission."

Vaz is the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, which recently published an interim report calling for the decriminalisation of prostitution. It also scrutinises government policy on drugs.

A campaign group called Nordic Model Now!, which campaigns for the criminalisation of the purchase of sex, has called for the HASC’s inquiry into prostitution to be suspended as a result of the allegations about Vaz.

Silver Star's representatives have asked Third Sector to make it clear that the charity did not make any payment in connection with the allegations around Keith Vaz.

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