Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Chris Hastings and Mr Rajeev Syal, The
You may remember we promised to hand over any material
we uncovered in connection with our own inquiries into Keith Vaz.
It is our understanding that as part of your investigation
into Mapesbury Communications you are examining Mr Vaz's links
with an organisation called the Asian Business Network.
It has come to our intention that Mr Vaz's links
with the ABN are more substantial than previously realised. In
the past he has maintained that he was only the honorary president
of the organisation. Our own inquiries show that he had a much
stronger link with the body. Indeed it seems that the organisation
was run from his own home.
We told you that up until February the organisation
was based at an address of 70a Teignmouth Road, London NW3. This
was the address given by directory inquiries. We have now established
that this property was actually owned by Keith Vaz until at least
1999. We enclose land registry documents that might prove helpful.
Shortly after we established that the ABN was using
Teignmouth Road as an address the listing was removed from the
directory inquiry service. Whoever changed the listing did not
think to remove it from the 192.com computer base. That system
clearly shows the ABN is based at Teignmouth Road.
In 1999 Mr Vaz also used House of Commons facilities
to raise substantial amounts of money for the ABN. A conference
hotline 0207 925 1998 was actually registered in his name at Norman
Shaw North buildings.
Mr Vaz wrote to various companies asking for support.
Many of them have confirmed to us subsequently donated large sums
of money towards the event. These include Taylor Woodrow who paid
£10,000, Motorola who paid £15,000 and Camelot who paid
Some of those contacted confirmed the cheque was
made out to David Barnes acting on behalf of the Asian Business
You should also know that we have been contacted
by an anonymous caller who seems to have a inside knowledge of
the workings of the ABN.
He claims that Mr Vaz routinely signs letters on
behalf of the ABN and its chairman Mr Ramesh Nanda.
He has gone so far as to suggest Mr Nanda's letter
to you was compiled by Mr Vaz who then added Mr Nanda's signature.
We hope this information may prove useful.
5 June 2001