Mr and Mrs Vaz donate bench to school
MP Keith Vaz and his wife Maria have presented a bench to a primary school in memory of their stillborn daughter.
The Leicester East MP visited Whitehall Primary, in Evington, to hand over the bench which has been put in the playground's quiet garden.
Sahara, the first child of Mr and Mrs Vaz, would have turned 18 in October.
Mr Vaz decided to donate the bench to the school because his mother Merlyn was a teacher there.
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He said: "Whitehall Primary is a very special school for our family.
"This is where my mother taught when Sahara was born. She loved reading to the kids.
"The head teacher has put the bench in their quiet area and I know it will be of great use.
"I hope they enjoy it.
"Stillbirths are a mystery and I hope in due course medical science will find the cause.
"Our sympathy is with all other parents who have been through the same experience and still miss their children."
All the costs were met by Mr and Mrs Vaz who have two other children, Luke, 17, and Anjali, 15.
Mr Vaz gave pupils a quiz on current affairs.