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Monday, 11 June, 2001, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Vaz inquiry widens
Keith Vaz
Keith Vaz has been ill since March
The parliamentary inquiry into Keith Vaz is to be extended, the BBC has learned.

Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Elizabeth Filkin is to examine claims the Leicester MP did not disclose all his property interests when he was investigated

The news comes as Mr Vaz was released from hospital after being treated for an infection and as he was removed from the government team by Tony Blair.

It follows a report by BBC News earlier this year suggesting that Mr Vaz had told Mrs Filkin he had three properties when in fact he had four.

Inquiry

Mr Vaz made the statement last year as part of an investigation into his links with business.

That inquiry considered 18 charges but upheld just one. However, a further eight were unable to be completed because, according to Mrs Filkin, Mr Vaz had failed to give her prompt and clear answers.

An investigation by BBC Radio 4's Today programme, earlier this year, discovered documentation showing Mr Vaz owned four properties and that he had transferred ownership of a fifth property to his mother eight days after he was asked by Mrs Filkin for details of all the properties he owned.

Elizabeth Filkin
Mrs Filkin is investigating Mr Vaz for a second time
The MPs' Code of Conduct states that MPs must declare "any land or property, other than any home used for the personal residential purposes of the Member or the Member's spouse, which has a substantial value or from which a substantial income is derived."

Mr Vaz told the Today programme he gave details of all his properties to the Commons Registrar of member's interests in January of this year. He has denied misleading parliament.

Hospitalised

Mr Vaz was discharged from Leicester Royal Infirmary on Monday where he was admitted at the weekend.

Mr Vaz, who was re-elected as MP for Leicester East last week, was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary's accident and emergency department on Saturday afternoon and was treated for an infection.

Mr Vaz has been ill since collapsing during a television interview in March and little was seen of him on the general election campaign trail.

A hospital spokeswoman said today: "There would have been a ward round this morning and that is when he was given the all-clear to be discharged."

It is believed Mr Vaz left the hospital through a side exit, avoiding waiting reporters and photographers.

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