At the time of writing this post Keith Vaz MP is Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons.
On Monday 14th July the Home Affairs Select Committee is due to take evidence from the Home Secretary Theresa May.
A few days ago the Home Affairs Select Committee gave Home Office Permanent Secretary, Mark Sedwill an easy ride, not least in failing to establish the identity or organisational affiliation(s) of the man who conducted an "investigation" into 114 missing Home Office files relating to alleged child abuse.
However, there are unanswered questions about Keith Vaz's past actions with respect to alleged child abuse.
1. Keith Vaz was a solicitor employed by Richmond Council. A Richmond Council children's home allegedly supplied boys to the Elm Guest House. What, if anything, did Keith Vaz know or do with respect to alleged child abuse while employed by Richmond Council?
2. Keith Vaz then went on to be a solicitor for Islington Council. Unresolved allegations of child abuse remain with respect to Islington Council children's homes. What, if anything, did Keith Vaz know or do with respect to alleged child abuse while employed by Islington Council?
3. In 1991 Keith Vaz sought to change the Law to prevent the public knowing about allegations of child abuse made in open court? Why did Keith Vaz do so?
See Contempt of Court
for the Hansard record of what Keith Vaz said in 1991.
It seems to me to be likely that a predictable effect of a change in the Law of a kind such as proposed by Keith Vaz would not only "protect the innocent" but also protect the guilty from any public scrutiny.