MAY 01] GEOFFREY ROBINSON MP NEWS
Coventry MP Under Parliamentary Fire Again
North West MP Geoffrey Robinson today vowed to prove his
innocence in the "Maxwell Money" case which has seen
him criticised by an influential parliamentary committee.
Standards and Privileges Committee, made up of MPs from all
parties, has criticised the former Paymaster General for
withholding information and not giving full answers when
questioned over a £200,000 payment.
committee has been looking into accusations that Mr Robinson
received a £200,000 payment from Hollis Industries - part of
the Maxwell empire.
Robinson claims that his firm TransTec was paid the money and
not him personally.
Mr Robinson, who accepts the findings, has vowed to track down
the cheque to prove his innocence.
whole issue originated from the claim that I received £200,000
as chairman of Hollis Industries. My position has been
absolutely clear throughout.
I, nor any company associated with me either directly or
indirectly received this money.
not me personally but TransTec, was owed £200,000 for
management services to Lock, one of Maxwell's companies. That
was a straightforward arrangement.
money was owed and the company was asked to pay it, but I
completely deny that either I or any company associated with
me either directly or indirectly, received it.
did not register it as an interest because it was a contract
TransTec had with another company and because it was not for
me but for the company.
did not appreciate that an expected receipt by my company was
a registerable interest.
said that, I accept today's decision. I am determined to prove
I did not receive the payment. Because the bank destroyed the
records in the usual way it is impossible to prove to whom the
£200,000 was paid from those records.
only way to prove who received the cheque is finding the
cheque itself. This will inevitably take some time and I will
of course keep the committee informed."
is the fourth time in four years Mr Robinson, who has the full
support of his constituency party, has faced a similar
investigation. He resigned from the Government after it was
revealed he had loaned Peter Mandelson over £300,000 for the
purchase of a London home.
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