Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr John Maxton MP
I write to confirm I have received your most recent
I can see little point in seeing you next Monday
if you insist that you would then wish to see me again. Since
the only evidence I have so far is Mr Nelson`s original letter
that contains a completely unsubstantiated allegation, I cannot
see what we would discuss at that meeting.
Once you have obtained the evidence you are still
seeking, please send to me, in writing the evidence you have received.
If you are unwilling to let me have all the evidence I do insist
that you send me a list of all the witnesses from whom you have
received evidence. Where you have interviewed witness please tell
me who. Please also tell me when the interviews took place.
It would be for my convenience if you could give
me a list of the questions you intend asking in the first insistence.
Obviously you make then ask further questions in response to my
Once I have received this information I will decide
whether I will meet you or whether I will request a meeting with
I note that your only response to my request for
the evidence Mr Nelson provided on January 27 in support of his
allegation is to repeat, "I have listened to the tapes".
Firstly listening to tapes is not evidence in any form that would
be recognized by any body legal or otherwise.
Secondly and more importantly you wrote to me on
February 4th 2000 and said, "Mr Nelson has provided the information
in this letter and has informed me that he has taped interviews
which corroborate his allegations. I have asked him for that evidence."
It is clear from that quotation that one week after
announcing you were carrying out an inquiry, you had not heard
the tapes or received any further evidence from Mr Nelson. He
had not provided you with the tapes as you requested nor has he
done so since. Thus you had NO evidence, only an unsubstantiated
allegation from a journalist, when you very publicly announced
that you were undertaking this inquiry. If this is not the case
please let me have the evidence Mr Nelson provided on January
27th, which led you to start the inquiry.
I have, perhaps wrongly, co-operated with you in
your requests for information. I have given you my version of
events but you constantly fail to tell me anything.
Please let me have the above information as soon
as possible so I am able to make decisions on my future actions.
12 April 2000