Mr S has been keeping a beady eye on the Home Affairs Select Committee, after tensions between Chairman Vaz and Tory committeeman Michael Ellis boiled over at the end of last year. Readers may recall that, in the wake of a public disagreement with Ellis, Vaz told Mr S that his colleague ‘just needs more sex’.

Now Mr S has learned that the select committee meets in private before important evidence sessions to discuss tactics and lines of questioning. It is said that Ellis, who is blessed with a forensic mind and legal training, often gets to the crux of the issue first. A source familiar with the inner workings of the group tells me that Vaz pinches Ellis’s questions when, as chairman, he opens the inquiry session. Cheeky!

Vaz was not immediately available for comment. Mr S looks forward to hearing what he has to say.

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