Letter to the Clerk of the Committee on
Standards and Privileges
from Mr Geoffrey Bindman
Mr Vaz has asked me to send you a copy of the letter
I sent yesterday on his behalf to the Speaker. The enclosures
will be sent to you by courier.
Mr Vaz knows that the Committee is meeting this morning
and wishes them to have the letter at their meeting if possible.
In the light of the allegation made by the Commissioner
in her letter to the Speaker of 14 December 2001, now published,
and the points made in the enclosed letter, Mr Vaz invites the
Committee to reject the Commissioner's report and either dismiss
all complaints made against him or have the whole matter re-considered
by Mrs Filkin's successor.
May I remind you of the last paragraph of your letter
to me of 19 December in which you say that the Commissioner has
never suggested that Mr Vaz engaged in a whispering campaign and
has made clear that "such incidents" have been no real
obstacle to her getting on with the job. I repeat the point made
in the letter to Mr Speaker that by withholding an allegation
from the Committee on the ground that it might prejudice the Committee
against Mr Vaz it follows that she herself was prejudiced against
Mr Vaz. The Committee must surely reconsider its "full confidence
in her ability to conduct an impartial investigation in relation
to Mr Vaz."
29 January 2002