Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report


Annex 10

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Geoffrey Bindman, Bindman & Partners, Solicitors

I write in response to your request in the penultimate paragraph of your letter of 10th January for further corrections and you mention in particular appendix 2.

I set out below a number of errors and omissions in appendix 2 and would be grateful if these could be corrected.

ALLEGED PAYMENTS TO, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, KEITH VAZ MP

In general, tables do not set out evidence against the complaint: see e.g. Zaiwalla's own evidence and that of Kapasi

Zaiwalla

No payment to Mr Vaz has been confirmed, merely to a charity recommended by Mr Vaz. Hence no initial denial.

Payment to charity not handed to anyone acting on Mr Vaz's behalf and no such allegation.

Photocopy of cheque has not been provided (does it make any reference to Mr Vaz?)

Detailed response from Mr Vaz on all claims.

Kapasi

Table does not mention denials by Kapasi himself including two statutory declarations.

An office held by Mr Vaz's mother is not evidence against Mr Vaz.

In relation to the 3 alleged cheques, there is no evidence. Soulsby gives no evidence about them. The Sunday Times transcript is equivocal and does not support the allegation as described.

Kamal

His bank statements (which have not been disclosed) do not, according to his bank, support any allegation that payments were made to Mr Vaz. The evidence of the Bank directly contradicts the allegation. Stuttard comments refer to 1997, not 1990-91.

OTHER ALLEGATIONS RELATING TO KEITH VAZ MP

Kamal

In relation to the 50 Club, there was no supporting evidence linking Mr Vaz to any payments to the Club. Mr Gratrix was chairman of the CLP. Neither he nor the Stuttards give any evidence supporting the allegation.

Attwal

The premises fund was not for Uppingham Road but to pay for new premises. It had no connection with Mr Vaz, as has been made abundantly clear by Mr Vaz and party officers. This should be recorded.

Mr Vaz is extremely anxious that this investigation should be concluded as soon as possible. Can you please let me know when I may expect a reply to my letter of 11 January.

15 January 2001


 
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