Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 124

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Councillor Piara Singh Clair

  Thank you for your letter of 14 April 2000.

  I was completely unaware that there was an investigation into Keith Vaz. I am sure there is no truth in any of the allegations made against Mr Vaz as I have always found him to be a first class MP that has represented the Constituency of Leicester East very well indeed. I am a Councillor in Leicester East and I have been for the last nine years.

  I would be grateful if you would let me know who gave you my name and who it is that says that I might be able to assist you. I am afraid I cannot assist you as I have made no donations to Mr Vaz or payments to him.

  I have bought him a drink on one or two occasions in the last 10 years, as he does not drink alcohol this was not very expensive. I do not know whether you can count that as "support"!

28 April 2000

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