Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 82

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr John Maxton MP

I acknowledge receipt of your letter of 22 June. I am even more loath than you to continue any correspondence with you.

On the phone you suggested I should do nothing that might jeopardise your investigation. Knowing I had no case to answer I have for six months made no formal complaint to anyone about your behaviour specifically for that reason. I am not certain that I should or will wait much longer. You had no evidence when you began this investigation and having read every document you have sent me you still have no evidence despite your very considerable efforts.

I certainly will not seek any further information from you. I should have realised from almost the beginning that you are incapable of giving straight answers to straight questions.

On consideration, if you produce a report while I am on holiday then so be it. I will be in contact with my staff and they can read anything relevant to me when I contact them. All my advice on the "evidence" you have sent me so far is that there is none which supports the original unsubstantiated allegation by Dean Nelson. If you produced any report that suggested otherwise I will challenge it both before the Committee, the House and if necessary in the courts.

You may write to me to the House of Commons and it will be forwarded to my staff. You already have my mobile number. However I am travelling and I would ask that you only use that number if absolutely necessary.

23 June 2000

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