Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Jack Cheshire, Vera Productions Limited
Kathy Lewis has asked me to forward to you the evidence
we have collated, regarding the entry in the Register of Members'
Interests for the Rt Hon William Hague, MP.
As you will be aware, since January 1999, Mr Hague's
entry in the House of Commons Register of Members' Interests has
stated that "any fees received as a result of speaking engagements
will be paid into The William Hague Charitable Trust. Donations
from this Trust will be distributed by an independent board of
trustees to charitable organisations within my constituency."
I enclose our evidence that The William Hague Charitable
Trust does not exist.
1. Charities Commission statement regarding the
charitable status of The William Hague Charitable Trust.
2. Transcripts of conversations between Mark
Thomas of Vera Productions and Charlotte Kenyon, Conservative
Party Press Office and between Mark Thomas of Vera Productions
and Claire Gibson, William Hague's Personal Secretary, Richmond,
Yorkshire, 7 February 2001.1
3. Copy of a letter sent by Mark Thomas of Vera
Productions Ltd to William Hague, 8 February 2001.1
4. Statement issued by the Conservative Party
to Vera Productions Ltd, 9 February 2001.1
5. Transcript of telephone call between Mark
Thomas of Vera Productions Ltd and Andrew Scadding, Conservative
Central Office, 9 February 2001.1
We would be very grateful if you could fully investigate
not only the clearly misleading and inaccurate entry in the Register,
but, more importantly, precisely what fees Mr Hague has received,
from whom, and to whom they have been distributed. This is a matter
of the utmost public interest and I look forward to hearing from
15 February 2001
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