Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 133

Letter to Mr Jaffer A Kapasi OBE DL MKD from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

  You wrote to me on 28 March 2000 to confirm your earlier letter. I alerted you to the fact that I had received evidence that was at variance with your letter. I must now put evidence you for your comments.

  I have received from Leicester City Council a copy of a letter written to the then Town Clerk, Mr A Price-Jones, from the then Leader, Councillor Peter Soulsby, on 22 April 1994. In the letter he sets out information provided to him by a colleague, namely that Councillor Merlyn Vaz and Mr Keith Vaz MP solicited payment of £500 from three religious groups who were seeking to purchase land at a discount price from the Council. The letter goes on:

    "This morning I telephoned Mr Jaffer Kapasi of the Dawoodi Bohra Jamaat who confirmed that he had been asked repeatedly for a `campaign contribution'."

  The letter is signed by Peter Soulsby as Leader of the Council and has been retained in the archives of the City Council until I requested information from the Chief Executive.

  I would be grateful to hear an account from you about these events. If you would prefer to speak to me on the telephone, perhaps you would contact me.

12 April 2000

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