Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 73

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr John Maxton MP

I acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 8 June 2000.

I do not believe it adequately answers the points raised with you. I still do not believe you had sufficient evidence to begin an enquiry. On this we must disagree and at some time in the near future someone else will have to arbitrate on that.

I will be taking further advice on your other statements and action if that is advised.

My main purpose in writing to you is to make it clear that the letter I wrote to you on June 4 more than adequately answers the extremely flimsy evidence you presented in support of the accusation.

Nothing in the transcripts sent to me shows that I did not employ Mr Winslow in the manner, which I stated in my letter to you of March 9 this year. I confirm that I had no conversations with any Labour Party official during the period I employed Mr Winslow.

I therefore ask you to accept my letter of June 4th as my formal response and again ask that you dismiss the complaint against me and inform the Committee accordingly or give me a reasoned statement as to how it is you consider you are entitled to proceed any further with it.

12 June 2000

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