Update: Keith Vaz has opened a new Twitter account, with the handle @Keither4Leicester and a picture posing by the Arc de-Triomphe in Paris.
His first tweet noted he had returned to the UK and talked about Jeremy Corbyn's cabinet reshuffle.
Within less than half an hour of being back on the social media site, he had already accumulated more than 115 followers.
Back in the UK to find @jeremycorbyn has reshuffled, parts of the country have flooded and Foxes no longer top. Must not leave again!— Keith Vaz MP (@Keith4Leicester) January 7, 2016
Senior Labour politician Keith Vaz has sparked a Twitter frenzy after deleting his social media accounts, seemingly out of the blue.
Mystery surrounds the actions of the Leicester MP, who was previously an active user of social media with almost 13,000 followers, after he deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts on Wednesday.
Speculation as to the reasons for his departure was rife, amid suggestions that Mr Vaz, who has been the MP for Leicester East since 1987 and has chaired the Commons home affairs committee for almost nine years, may have received online abuse from 'trolls'.
Keith Vaz MP has deleted all of his social media accounts. Shit is about to go down.— Jacob (@OhHeyJacob) January 6, 2016
The idea that the never publicity shy Keith Vaz MP might have deleted his social media accounts is bizarre - watch this space.— Nick Spence (@Nickfromupnorth) January 6, 2016
Desperate Keith Vaz has just popped out to the chemist for a dementia self-test kit #KeithVaz— Gob Phlegm (@GobPhlegm) January 6, 2016
Keith Vaz has deleted all social media. Can someone pop round a check on him.— Bethany Usher (@bethanyusher) January 6, 2016
Last year Mr Vaz came under fire from the public after it emerged he was one of the 16 MPs publically defending Greville Janner, the Labour peer who faced child sex allegations.
A judge ruled the 87-year-old, who died after a long illness, couldn't stand trial because of his declining dementia.
Janner was accused of 15 counts of indecent assault and seven separate accounts of sexually assaulting nine alleged victims between the 1960s and 1980s.
Mr Vaz, who is the British Parliament’s longest-serving Asian MP, has proved a divisive figure over his years in office.
In 1989, he rallied thousands of Muslims in Leicester, calling for Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses to be banned for its anti-Islam rhetoric.
MPs involved in sex scandals
MPs involved in sex scandals
1/9 Mark Oaten
Mark Oaten resigned as a senior member of the Liberal Democrats in 2006 after the News of the World revealed he had paid rent boys to perform sexual activities on him. He openly spoke about the affect it had on his family life and career in his book 'Screwing Up'
2/9 Simon Danczuk
He admitted to sending inappropriate texts to a 17-year-old Sophena Houlihan and calls are being made for him to resign from his role as Labour's Rochdale MP. He reportedly blamed a drinking problem on his sexually explicit messages
3/9 Brooks Newmark
Brooks Newmark resigned form his role as a Conservative member of parliament for Braintree, Essex in 2014 after being caught sending explicit photos, involving paisley pyjamas, to an undercover journalist
4/9 Lord Lambton
Lord Lambton, a Conservative MP, was pictured in bed with two prostitutes and smoking a joint in 1973, the same year he resigned. He initially denied it, but later said he had a multitude of affairs after he was bored with his job
5/9 Bob Blackman
Robert Blackman, a Conservative MP had an 11 year affair with another Conservative councillor, which came out after he said marriage can only work between “one man and one woman”
6/9 Nigel Griffiths
Nigel Griffiths, former MP for Edinburgh South, admitted cheating on his wife of 30 years with an un-named woman after a Sunday tabloid produced photographs of the affair on a sofa in his Parliamentary office
7/9 John Major
Former Prime Minister John Major and former MP Edwina Currie’s four year affair began in 1984 and lasted four years. The affair came out in 2002 when Ms Currie serialised her diaries in The Times
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8/9 John Prescott
The then deputy Prime Minster to Tony Blair had a two year affair with his appointments secretary, Tracey Temple 43, came to light in 2006. He said: "I did have a relationship with her which I regret. It ended some time ago"
9/9 Paddy Ashdown
Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, was nicknamed "Paddy Pantsdown" in 1992 after he was forced to disclose a five year affair with his secretary, Tricia Howard. He admitted the affair to his wife
Laura K. Waterhouse noted the irony of the situation that Mr Vaz was now trending on social media, but was not there to see it.
Keith Vaz is trending, but ironically, no longer here to see it.— Laura K. Waterhouse (@LKWaterhouse) January 6, 2016
Most recently, Mr Vaz upset some of his constituents after claiming the Coca-Cola Christmas truck should not visit Leicester, and was not welcome to the city, insisting the tour was promoting sugary drinks.Reuse content