Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 109

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Councillor Mustafa Kamal

  Thank you for your letter of 14 March. You asked me four questions. I shall deal with them in the same order as they appear in your letter.

Have I ever made payments to Mr Vaz as a Member of Parliament?

  The answer to this question is yes. After becoming MP, Mr Vaz around 1987-88 demanded that all elected members from Leicester East should contribute £2.00 per week to run his office from 144 Uppingham Road, Leicester. I made out a direct debit of £8.00 per month, which ran for four years. I was led to believe that few other elected members though not all issued similar instructions to their Banks or Building Societies. I am perfectly happy for you to ascertain these facts from my Bank, Lloyds TSB 198 Melton Road, Leicester.

Do I know any other people who have made payments?

  Yes, about three to four months after the last General Election, Cllr Piara Singh Clair of *  *  *  *  * Leicester made a passing comment that he had helped Mr Vaz's Election campaign by making the Sikh Business Community donate £10,000.

Can I suggest other people who might help?

  Bipin Jewellers of Melton Road, Leicester who in Keith's own words donated a car towards his election campaign. You may like to drop a line similar to the one you sent me to all Councillors who represented Leicester East in the late 80s and early 90s.

Do I have any other information?

  I suggest a letter from you to the Leicester East Constituency Labour Party Secretary whose address is as follows: Mr John Thomas, *  *  *  *  * Leicester.

  Mr Thomas moved into 146, Uppingham Road sometime in the mid 90's, a property purchased by Mr Vaz not long after he bought 144 Uppingham Road. A proposal put to Leicester East Constituency Labour Party management Committee by Keith Vaz MP was that the Secretary receives a salary, a practice unheard of in the Labour Party. This information may not interest you but what will cause uneasiness to Mr Thomas is that at that time he was receiving Housing Benefit and Job Seekers Allowance. Mr Thomas could have one or the other, he could not have both. It may be that he was providing a cover.

Club 200

  Keith Vaz established Club 200 in Leicester East. Certain Members of the Labour Party in Leicester East subscribed to it. There was a monthly raffle and the winner received £50.00. What happened to the rest of the money?

  Another point worth mentioning is that the treasurer of the Constituency, for years was unable to take part in any of the activities of the Constituency due to illness. The Books were kept and maintained by Mr Vaz's office.

Financial assistance by the Co-Op Party

  Co-op Party over the number years donated hundreds of pounds to Leicester East, those payments were never acknowledged or appeared in the annual financial statement of the Constituency. If I could be of any other assistance please do not hesitate to ask.

17 April 2000

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