Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Ms Eileen Eggington QPM
Further to my letter of 8th November 2001.
I enclose copies of two letters sent to me by David
Price Solicitors dated 22nd November, and my response dated 6th
December. I now wait to see whether Maria Fernandes continues
her action against me.
You will wish to be aware that I have spoken to Nick
Braithwaite, Associated Newspapers Legal Department, to express
my concern about the following paragraph in David Price Solicitors'
"The Mail on Sunday have now admitted that
the defamatory allegations levelled against our client are entirely
baseless. They have offered to publish an apology and retraction
and to pay a suitable sum in damages. However, that cannot undo
all the harm caused to her and her clients."
Mr Braithwaite assured me that a final settlement
has not yet been made. He also said that the Mail on
Sunday has not admitted that the defamatory allegations
levelled against Maria Fernandes are entirely baseless. Mr Braithwaite
added that the disputed issues will be clearly defined and there
will be no blanket apology.
6 December 2001