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


Letter to the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

from Mr Geoffrey Bindman

Mr Vaz has asked me to send you a copy of the letter I sent yesterday on his behalf to the Speaker. The enclosures will be sent to you by courier.

Mr Vaz knows that the Committee is meeting this morning and wishes them to have the letter at their meeting if possible.

In the light of the allegation made by the Commissioner in her letter to the Speaker of 14 December 2001, now published, and the points made in the enclosed letter, Mr Vaz invites the Committee to reject the Commissioner's report and either dismiss all complaints made against him or have the whole matter re-considered by Mrs Filkin's successor.

May I remind you of the last paragraph of your letter to me of 19 December in which you say that the Commissioner has never suggested that Mr Vaz engaged in a whispering campaign and has made clear that "such incidents" have been no real obstacle to her getting on with the job. I repeat the point made in the letter to Mr Speaker that by withholding an allegation from the Committee on the ground that it might prejudice the Committee against Mr Vaz it follows that she herself was prejudiced against Mr Vaz. The Committee must surely reconsider its "full confidence in her ability to conduct an impartial investigation in relation to Mr Vaz."

29 January 2002

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