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Onwards to half a century! Keith Vaz selectively marks his 25 years in Parliament
23:47 GMT, 19 December 2012
Publicity-loving Labour MP Keith Vaz, 56, distributes a booklet of pictures marking his 25 years in Parliament, containing generous tributes from David Cameron and Ed Miliband. He displays photographs of himself with the Queen, the Pope, the Prince of Wales, Nelson Mandela, the Princess Royal, Bill Clinton and other notables. There is no mention of his role in the Hinduja passport affair, which resulted in the parliamentary standards commissioner Elizabeth Filkin recommending his suspension from the Commons. Nor of his erstwhile friend, the crooked lawyer Shahrokh Mireskandari, booted out of the legal profession despite Vaz’s interventions on his behalf. Onwards to half a century!
Selective: There is no mention of Keith Vaz's role in the Hinduja passport affair in his booklet of pictures marking his 25 years in Parliament
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Vulgar pop tart Lady Gaga bought a luxurious fur, worth about 120,000, from Moscow’s ultra-expensive Helen Yarmak boutique. She also snapped up a green-dyed silver fox coat worth about 12,000. Apparently Her Gaganess – not always an easy customer in day-to-day life – was ‘charming, easygoing and absolutely delightful’. No doubt the animals deprived of their coats would agree.
David Cameron suggested at PMQs that Labour leader Ed Miliband should fire Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls so that Balls can pursue full-time a career as House of Commons Christmas party Santa. Balls responds on Twitter: ‘After that ho ho ho of a PMQs, for the record, in eight years as Santa at the House of Commons Xmas party, Samantha Cameron was one of my better elves.’ What’s the cheeky rascal suggesting