Information provided by Mr Vyan Gresty,
15 February 2001
I first met Keith Vaz 20 years ago whilst I was working
for the London Borough of Haringey. That was a social occasion,
and I did not meet him again until September 1998, following my
wife's appointment as his wife's Personal Assistant. Initially,
she worked from the family home in * * *, Middlesex, and her offices
subsequently moved to Harrow. My wife was responsible for running
Mrs Vaz's office, and she was the Practice Manager for Mrs Vaz's
My wife's responsibilities included dealing with
telephone and personal attendances, client appointments, business
transactions and organising the diary of Mrs Vaz, including those
appointments and events involving Mr Vaz. My wife worked for Mrs
Vaz from August 1998 until the onset of her illness in May 2000.
In addition to running the professional practice
of Mrs Vaz, she was also responsible for liaising with the various
organisations to which the Vaz family were associated, including
the Asian Business Network and Mapesbury (a Public Relations Company).
Communications to the Asian Business Network were
through a man named David Golding, at Coleridge House, 415 Coleridge
Gardens, London NW6. Another contact for this company was Hanif,
mobile telephone * * *.
I was engaged to play the piano at a function in
the Connaught Rooms on 18th February 1999, and was paid a fee
by the Asian Business Network. I believe the cheque was signed
by David Golding. The grand piano was hired from Harrow Piano
Works, who were paid a fee of £380 on invoice to Asian Business
My wife has confirmed that Mr & Mrs Vaz worked
jointly on several projects. The above function was chaired by
Mr Vaz, and Mrs Vaz was the main speaker. The event was attended
by members of the Cabinet and senior civil servants.
My wife's main duties were the processing of visa
and passport applications from applicants from the Indian sub-continent,
and the handling of applications for political asylum. She was
responsible for setting up databases for clients and professional
associates, and in particular the processing of applications for
work permits for restaurant workers from the Indian sub-continent.
She has particularly recalled handling documentation relating
to a Mrs ***, and her housekeeper. She is aware that the Vaz's
nanny, Mary Matin, has had difficulties obtaining documentation
to remain in Britain.
15 February 2001