Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

from Councillor Merlyn Vaz

You probably do not remember but we met many years ago in Ealing.

The Clerk to your Committee, gave my son, permission to give me a letter from the Leicestershire police to Mrs Filkin, dated 10 January 2002.

I am writing this letter just to set out what happened when I received a disturbing telephone call shortly before I had to go into hospital. I was re-admitted to hospital on the 4th October 2001.

The call I received was from a woman whose voice I did not recognise who said her name was Eggington, and that she was ringing me on behalf of Mrs Filkin, to ask me some questions. I had no idea who this person was and I put the receiver down immediately. I did not engage in any conversation.

I told Keith about the call later. I believe this all happened on 4th October the day I was admitted to hospital. I cannot be absolutely certain that I received the call on that very day or shortly before that day as I was so unwell at the time (frankly I thought I was going to die before the ambulance reached me) I explained to Keith that for obvious reasons I did not want to receive any more calls of this kind in my condition. I was taken to hospital by ambulance shortly after this conversation with my son. I believe that you have been sent a short medical history of what has happened to me.

I appreciate how very busy MPs are, but the points made in the letter of 10th January 2002 are wrong and unfair. Before any action was taken by the police I would have wanted to have been consulted, given a description of what happened and be informed of what they planned to do, I was after all the person who received the call. My assumption is that the police have only been given one side of the story and therefore proceeded on that basis. My letter to Mr Gargan is enclosed.

I hope I have addressed all the points raised.

(dictated by Cllr Merlyn Vaz and typed by her daughter)

28 January 2002

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