33. E-mail to Mr Rikki Radford from
Councillor Matthew Davis, 29 September 2003|
As promised an account of my call from Newsnight.
I was phoned earlier today by a woman who gave her
name as Louise and who told me that she was a researcher for BBC
Newsnight doing a story on how active MPs are in their constituencies.
She told me that she had "heard" that Iain
was very active locally and wondered how local Councillors would
alert him to events happening locally that they wished to invite
him to. She went on to ask, in three different ways, how involved
Betsy was in planning Iain's diary and whether she was the person
to whom requests for Iain to attend things should be made.
I was frankly, suspicious from the start of this
conversation, since I did not feel that she was being honest with
me and it did seem all too peculiar that the MP she was supposedly
investigating, regarding an essentially local story, just happens
to be the leader of the Conservative Party. I therefore referred
her to you and did not answer any of her questions except to say
that, personally, I would normally seek to contact Iain via yourself
as I was suggesting she should do.
It would seem apparent that Louise actively lied
to me about both the reason for her enquiry, and the topic of
the Newsnight item that she was researching, and I would love
to make a complaint to the BBC Governors about that, but won't
unless it is cleared higher up first.
If I can assist in any further way then do please
let me know.
29 September 2003