Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 50

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

  I write in reference to your letter of 26 October.

  My client is extremely concerned that he has been misled with regard to the role of the Sunday Telegraph. When he telephoned to complain about the apparent access of the paper to information about your inquiry you expressed sympathy. You gave no indication that they were acting as your "informants".

  He has asked me to put to you the following requests:

    (1) Will you please supply any letter from the Sunday Telegraph. The document you have provided is an unsigned and unidentified note.

    (2) Please say what evidence you have received to substantiate the allegations by the Sunday Telegraph.

    (3) Please identify the complainants by name. Did you ask the Sunday Telegraph to identify them?

    (4) Please supply all tape recordings of conversations and all correspondence on which you place any reliance.

  You will understand why my client is deeply disturbed by the hitherto undisclosed role of the Sunday Telegraph in this affair. He insists on full disclosure of what appears to be a deliberate campaign against him. He also questions the role of Sir Peter Soulsby with whom you have contact which you will doubtless explain to the Committee.

2 November 2000

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