Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 32

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

I write to thank you for your letter of 27th January and to acknowledge receipt of the enclosed copy of the e-mail from Dean Nelson.

Obviously I shall respond to Mr Nelson`s allegations. However I should be grateful if you would let me know whether the complainant is the Observer newspaper or Mr Nelson. The nature of e-mail entails it having no signature and I wonder whether Mr Nelson sent a signed letter to you following his e-mail. Since the allegation against me consists of little more that one sentence, I should be grateful if you would tell me whether Mr Nelson has provided any evidence in support of his accusation.

Of course, I do understand that you are obliged to ask for a response to any complaint made against a Member of Parliament before you take a decision as to whether a preliminary investigation is necessary.

I will therefore be sending you a considered response to Mr Nelson`s allegations as soon as I am able to do so.

2 February 2000

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