Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 126

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

  I have received your letter of the 18 May in reply to my two letters of 28 April 2000 and 11 May 2000. The answers to your questions are:

    1.  No

    1.  No

  I am pleased that you say that I have had no wrongdoings for the following reasons. On Thursday 11 May the Leicester City Council held our annual general meeting. The elections were for leader of the council, Deputy Leader, Chair, Secretary and Chief Whip. Before the meeting I was approached by Cllr M Kamal and he asked me to vote for him and for Sir Peter Soulsby as Leader. I agreed to do so.

  At the meeting Sir Peter (who has been a friend of mine for many years) withdrew from the Leadership and Kamal withdrew from Deputy Leadership. No reasons was given really. Kamal approached me and gave me an envelope. He told me not to open it there in front of everyone. He said to me that he was not against me but against "him" and he raised his hand and pointed out of the window. I had no idea what he meant.

  When I got home I opened the letter. I was shocked. It was a letter addressed to you and in one of his paragraphs it referred to me telling him that I had helped Mr Vaz's election campaign by making the Sikh business community donate £10,000. This is complete rubbish. First I have not raised this money for the MP or anyone else and second I have never spoken to Kamal about the election campaign or mentioned any money. This is really insulting to me. I am a Sikh and I have respect in the community. You say I have done nothing wrong but, first to tell a lie is wrong and secondly if I had raised this money not to have given it to the election, would be very wrong. Since last week many other councillors have approached me and asked me if this is true. My reputation is being badly hurt by this. They all think that I have this money. This is not true, Kamal is not telling the truth.

  I am insulted that my name has been dragged into this.

22 May 2000

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