Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Eighth Report


Letter from Mr Ernie Ross MP to the Chairman of the [Foreign Affairs] Committee,
23 February 1999

I am writing to tender my resignation from the Committee with immediate effect. You will know, as will other members of the Committee, of my concerns about the approach taken by the Committee during the Sierra Leone inquiry. Those concerns led me to breach the confidence of the Committee in sending a draft copy of the Sierra Leone report to the Foreign Secretary in January.

I now accept that, notwithstanding my genuine concerns, I was wrong to do this and consequently it is right for me to resign from the Committee.

I apologise to you and to the other members of the Committee with whom, despite our occasional differences, I have enjoyed serving alongside.

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