The Red Fort in Soho went multi-coloured last night as politcos from across the spectrum gathered to celebrate Keith Vaz’s 25th year in Parliament.
Top of the a-list was Tony Blair, fresh from lunch at Downing Street with the Queen. No sign of his wife, again, but his son Euan was pressing the flesh. If the rumours that he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps are true, then this was the perfect event for him.
Disgraced Phil Woolas was loitering in the shadows. The sacked MP for Oldham turned lobbyist was making a rare public appearance. But it was the presence of Home Secretary Theresa May which got tongues wagging. Vaz is the pesky chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee and seems to take great pleasure in making the Home Office squirm, whether it be on immigration cock-ups or Olympic security. No one mentioned G4S though, during this brief truce.
Labour’s King of Slime told the curry-munching crowd:
‘As someone who failed to achieve my parents two ambitions — to be a doctor, or a doctor — I’m very proud that Tony gave me the opportunity to be a government minister.’
No mention of the very same Tony sacking Vaz after the Hinduja passport affair…Tags: Euan Blair, Hinduja, Keith Vaz, Politics, Tony Blair