How Vaz came to aid of OAP
John Burrows wrote to Mailbox on December 31 advising an MP's duty was solely to his constituents and nothing more.
He was speaking about when Keith Vaz dared to help an Asian family who came from Bristol.
I would like to point out to Mr Burrows that Mr Vaz did not "jump in" – he was asked for a little help by the Asian community in that area.
There is nothing wrong with that, is there?
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Mr Burrows also wanted to know, firstly, why Mr Vaz was involved, secondly, whether he would be so proactive in helping a Leicester person and thirdly, whether Mr Vaz would reply to his questions, to which he also advised he "would not hold his breath".
I presume Mr Burrows read the Mercury on Saturday, February 9, where Mr Vaz went to the aid of frail pensioner Peggy Taylor, who was desperate for alterations to be carried out to her home to make her life a little easier.
The council wanted an up-front payment from Mrs Taylor to carry out the work – money she did not have – and Mr Vaz paid it from his own pocket in order to get the ball rolling.
He also arranged a bring and buy sale of his own clothes in order to raise further money, which he donated to Loros.
Well, Mr Burrows, I can't answer for Mr Vaz, but I hope this answers some of your questions.
Eddie Sentance, Thurcaston.
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