Appendix 4: Letter to the Clerk of the
Committee from Mr John Mann and Mr Kevan Jones, 26 March 2007|
The paragraphs in the report of the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards referring to ourselves miss three important
Firstly the concern about the misuse of dining facilities
was originated by the press and the Sunday Times newspaper, and
we congratulate the Sunday Times, the Guardian and others for
their investigating of this matter. Without press delving this
matter would not have come to our attention.
Secondly at the request of the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards we agreed not to put more complaints of a similar
nature in. We have much more evidence of misuse of dining facilities
by additional Conservative MPs and Peers not previously named.
The Parliamentary Commissioner specifically requested that we
stop making individual complaints as he considered that the ones
already submitted were 'illustrative' of the situation.
Thirdly we attempted to raise these matters in other
ways, in advance of the complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards, including to the Administration Committee, written
questions and orally on the floor of the House.
Our complaint was and is a generic complaint about
the systematic use of dining facilities to fundraise by the Conservative
Party and the Committee on Standards and Privileges needs to consider
how such generic complaints are to be raised and dealt with in
Just last week [
..] hosted a dinner for the
United and Cecil, despite this enquiry, and [
..] a Patrons
Club dinner. Details of both are attached.
Having run a gauntlet of threats and abuse from Conservative
MPs our concern remains the inequity of these facilities being
misused by just one Party and the loss of these facilities to
decent organisations such as charities because of the industrial
scale of this misuse.
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