Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr John W Thomas
I am sorry that it has taken some time for me
to reply to your letter of 19 September.
Thank you for confirming that you are not, and
indeed cannot investigate the Labour Party or myself. In view
of what you have said in your letter I am somewhat puzzled by
your questions to me, which do seem to relate to my conduct.
However I respond as Follows;
(1) The issue of appeals for funds is a Party
matter. Officers of the Labour Party act on behalf of the party
not as individuals. Fundraising is a Party activity, all political
parties fundraise. I have not personally, in my term of office,
asked any Councillors to make contributions.
(2) & (3) In view of the above, these
are not applicable.
I hope that my response will help you conclude
this part of your investigation. If I can be of further assistance
please contact me again.
19 October 2000