Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex ii4

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Ms Eileen Eggington QPM

I am a former detective chief superintendent and from November 1996, until my retirement in November 1999, served as Deputy Head of the Metropolitan Police Special Branch at New Scotland Yard. I was awarded the Queens Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service in the 1997 New Years Honours.

During the past six months I have been giving emotional and practical support to Rita and Vyan Gresty, of * * *. I consider that both Rita and Vyan have information about Keith and Maria Vaz which will assist your enquiry.

Rita worked as Personal Assistant/Secretary to Maria Ferandes, wife of Keith Vaz, in her legal practice, Fernandes Vaz, from 10.8.98. The business was initially run from an office in the Vaz family home at * * *, but in August 1999 moved to Byron Chambers, 29 Byron Road, Harrow, HA1 1JR. On 12.5.00, Rita went sick with severe anxiety and depression, caused largely by increasing pressures at work. For the past six months she has spent much of her time as an in-patient in the Mental Health Unit at Northwick Park Hospital with 'reactive depression'. On 15.11.00 Maria Fernandes, a sole practitioner dealing with immigration matters and visa applications, dismissed Rita.

Rita and Vyan have been following the news concerning Keith and Maria Vaz and they have talked to me about their first hand knowledge of events which, I believe, touches on your enquiry. I have set out the information Rita has given on the attached appendix. I also attach a typed note from Vyan.

They are both willing to speak to you directly, should you wish to investigate these matters. They are not willing for their identities to be made public.

I am away on holiday in Greece from 19-25.2.01 and in Switzerland from 28.2.01-13.3.01. Please let me know if I can be of any further help before my departure on Monday.

15 February 2001

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