Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 118

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Digby Brown, solicitors


We act on behalf of Suzanne Hilliard.

We understand that following upon your meeting with her on 7 April, a draft transcript of the meeting was forwarded to her. This was returned by Ms Hilliard along with clarification of certain matters, and a request that any further queries be directed to the MPs involved, due to her impending Finals exams.

Despite this request, we understand that you have sent further correspondence to our client, culminating this week with a recorded delivery letter, and a further letter demanding information by return.

Our client finds this extremely distracting during what is a particularly demanding period of her life. This is especially the case given that she has provided you with as full information as she can, and has been extremely co-operative throughout.

Consequently, on behalf of our client we formally ask you to desist from contacting her until at least the conclusion of her exam period. If you wish to enter into any further correspondence, then please do with ourselves.

24 May 2000

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