Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex IV11

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Vyan Gresty

Following statements made to you, and Miss Eileen Eggington in relation to your enquiry, my wife today received the enclosed letter, marked Private and Confidential, from Maria Fernandes' solicitors.

As you are aware, my wife is presently recovering from severe illness and injury, a fact that is well known to Ms Fernandes and her husband. I consider the sending of this letter to be an act of unacceptable intimidation and harassment. Whatever evidence my wife has given, either directly to you in person, or through interviews with Miss Eggington, she did so entirely in the public interest. She has conveyed the facts as she knows them, and to the best of her knowledge has confirmed or denied matters some of which were already in the public domain, and others in need of investigation.

I would hope that in the position in which our family finds itself, that the Committee would not in any way condone this action, which will undoubtedly hinder my wife's recovery should it continue. I judge it reprehensible that Ms Fernandes should use the threat of legal action in an attempt to silence witnesses to an investigation.

I am convinced that throughout his harrowing time for us a family, my wife has displayed total honesty, integrity and extreme physical and mental bravery in disclosing facts as she knew them.

8 November 2001

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