Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr John Maxton MP
I acknowledge receipt of your letter of 22 June.
I am even more loath than you to continue any correspondence with
On the phone you suggested I should do nothing that
might jeopardise your investigation. Knowing I had no case to
answer I have for six months made no formal complaint to anyone
about your behaviour specifically for that reason. I am not certain
that I should or will wait much longer. You had no evidence when
you began this investigation and having read every document you
have sent me you still have no evidence despite your very considerable
I certainly will not seek any further information
from you. I should have realised from almost the beginning that
you are incapable of giving straight answers to straight questions.
On consideration, if you produce a report while I
am on holiday then so be it. I will be in contact with my staff
and they can read anything relevant to me when I contact them.
All my advice on the "evidence" you have sent me so
far is that there is none which supports the original unsubstantiated
allegation by Dean Nelson. If you produced any report that suggested
otherwise I will challenge it both before the Committee, the House
and if necessary in the courts.
You may write to me to the House of Commons and it
will be forwarded to my staff. You already have my mobile number.
However I am travelling and I would ask that you only use that
number if absolutely necessary.
23 June 2000