Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 24

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Keith Vaz MP

  Thank you for your letter of 20 April enclosing one from Councillor Mustapha Kamal.

  I now understand the nature of the "other matters" you wrote to me about on 14 March. Mr Kamal is part of a faction on the Labour Group of Leicester City Council; others have included Paul Gosling. The others will no doubt be in correspondence with you. They are opposed to another group, who are in control.

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  This is a matter for the Labour Party. No payments were made to my office. I, as an elected official made similar payments to the Labour Party of 1 per cent of my annual salary.

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  The "Sikh Business Community" a rather vague term did not donate any money to the election campaign. Any donations for the election are listed as required. With your permission I can send a copy of this letter to Mr Clair for his comments.

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  Many individuals provided their own cars during all five of my elections campaigns, in 1983 in Richmond in 1984 in Surrey West, in 1987, 1992 and 1997 in Leicester East, this included Mr Kamal who in 1995 on national television described me as "a wonderful MP whose work is hugely admired" (BBC Newsnight).

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  This is a matter for the Labour Party. With your permission I can pass this letter to Councillor Thomas or you may prefer to write to him.

  The only person to live in 146 Uppingham Road was Mr Kamal. *  *  *  *, I permitted him to live there for a period of five months *  *  *  *.

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  This is a matter for the Labour Party. It was responsible for the 50 Club (not the 200 Club as he says ) as it does in other parts of the country, by possibly different names.

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  This is a matter for the Labour Party. My office has never maintained the "Books".

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  This is a matter for the Labour Party.

20 April 2000

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