Monday, 6 June 2011
Someone posted an intriguing comment to Norman Tebbit's not-very-interesting blog post about the asylum "amnesty".

The comment mentioned that Keith Vaz, chair of the All-Party Home Affairs Select Committee, which lambasted the government's handling of asylum seekers, had previously said he wanted an Asian colony in Leicester:

It was reported on Channel 4 News around ten years ago that Vaz was secretly taped saying he 'wanted to create an Asian colony' in an area of Leicester, and complaining that not enough Asians were moving in and not enough whites moving out. “'They (the whites) will know when to move out ... they'll get a visit from the men in grey suits, hahaha'."

I had never heard this before. But it would powderkeg stuff if he had said that. So I tried to find out more about it (asked the poster for links, no reply), and googled. All I can find in relation to it is this sentence in "The Lawyer":

Vaz is suing The Sun over a story on 27 November headed "MP: I want a 'colony' of Asians".

The story is dated 12/12/95.

I can't find any information anywhere about whether he did sue the Sun or, if so, what the result was. I can't find the Sun article or any indication of what it was based on. So does anyone else know?


This Independent article, dated 1 December 1995, has some more information about it:

Donald Dewar, Labour's chief whip, has called on Keith Vaz, the party's local government spokesman, to answer an allegation that he questioned why a "white person" should be deputy leader of Leicester city council.

The claim that Mr Vaz made the remark - which the Tory chairman Brian Mawhinney yesterday described as "racist"- comes in a series of allegations by the Channel Four 'Dispatches' programme about conflicts and possible irregularities in Mr Vaz's troubled Leicester East constituency.

Mr Dewar is to meet Mr Vaz to discuss the allegations in the programme including a taped conversation in which Mr Vaz, whose ethnic origin is Goanese, is alleged to have said of a candidate for the post of Deputy Leader of the council: "Why should we have a white person?"

The programme also attributes to Mr Vaz an alleged remark in which he reportedly acknowledges that it was part of a "long-term plan" to turn a new housing estate in the city into an Asian colony and bemoans the fact that Asians "didn't bloody well move there."

Mr Vaz, who was not immediately available for comment last night, is said to be ready to answer the allegations, and a Labour spokesman said last night he would meet Mr Dewar to discuss the issues raised by the report "as soon as possible". He is understood to have told party officials that many of the allegations are repeats of earlier ones made on BBC Newsnight at least a year ago.


Anonymous said...

This is what your after:DISPATCHES,NEW LABOUR, OLD HABITS?

I remember watching it, As I recall Keith Vaz(spits)was secretly recorded applying pressure on various people within Leicester City Council to give planning for a mosque in a neighbourhood that was predominantly home to English people.

His stated aim was to build the mosque in order to drive out Whites and "turn it into an asian area" thus ethnically cleansing the English and other Whites from the City of Leicester.

Anonymous said...

I meant you're not your.

Dispatches Series 9 Episode 25 - New Labour, Old Habits? Aired 1995

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

Thanks for the info.

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