Father-of-two Keith Vaz MP has stood down from the chairmanship of the Home Affairs Select Committee, which is overseeing a major shake-up of prostitution laws, after the Sunday Mirror exposed the allegations.
The veteran MP has been chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, which monitors crime, immigration and drug policy, for almost a decade.
In July this year the committee published a report calling for the decriminalisation of soliciting by sex workers and sex workers sharing premises.
Mr Vaz reportedly told escorts visiting him at a London flat “we need to get this party started”.
In a series of texts printed in the Sunday Mirror he allegedly asked the men to bring the sex-enhancing drugs, poppers to the meeting.
The MP for Leicester East since 1987 has referred the allegations to his solicitor and claimed that he has been the victim of a sting operation.