Harsh critic of the video games industry Keith Vaz has been offered a knighthood by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, UK national newspapers have alleged.
According to The Times and The Guardian, there have been ‘strong hints’ that Vaz was offered the honour as part of a series of bribes from Brown to Labour MPs, in return for them voting for his controversial new terror detention laws.
Vaz, MP for Leicester East , has ‘strongly denied’ the rumour.
Mr. Brown’s proposals to extend the maximum time that police can hold terrorist suspects from 28 to 42 days were approved by MPs by a margin of 315 votes to 306 yesterday.
Vaz has been a long-term enemy of violent video games – most notably Rockstar. He has called for bans on both Manhunt games, as well s 2006’s Bully (Canes Canim Edit).
Mr. Vaz told Parliament in March that modern games feature ‘virtual rape’.