Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex IV3

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Keith Vaz MP

I refer to our telephone conversation.

92. I am writing to confirm that Eileen Eggington telephoned my mother in Leicester last Thursday and asked her questions apparently on your behalf. You have informed me that she was not acting for your and had no remit to gather information in this way. You will recall that during the last inquiry you took action against those witnesses who sought to interfere with your investigation. As Ms Eggington has put herself forward as a complainant I would be glad to know what action you propose to take.

93. I have informed the police of the activities of Mrs Eggington which I regard as harassment. My mother is now in hospital.

94. Can I refer you to the article by Mr Syal and Mr Hastings in the last weekend's Telegraph with the heading:

"I will not be moved, says defiant Filkin"

You will recall that I raised the status of these two journalists with you on a number of occasions. You recommended that the Committee interview them. Please will you indicate what is the status of these journalists in this inquiry.

95. What are the allegations of corruption they have referred to?

96. I put to you in paragraphs 34 and 89 points about the press and I would be most grateful for your response.

97. At your request I have now spoken to the Registrar at the University of East London concerning complaints about you not replying to letters and other matters. A further matter has now arisen concerning a case in Bournemouth, to whom shall I send this information?

I look forward to hearing from you.

9 October 2001

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