I have made it quite clear to Sir Gordon Downey that if the Hammersmith Conservative As- sociation received a pounds 500 donation in 1987 - ten years ago - that was a matter for them. I did not know about it at the time. All parties receive funds at elections and if Mr Greer wanted to make a donation, that is a matter for him. Furthermore pounds 500 is well under the 25 per cent threshold and would not have qualified for declaration.
I was not elected for Hammersmith in 1987. I was subsequently elected for a different constituency, Brentford and Isleworth, five years later. At no time have my present constituency association or I received any donation from Mr Greer.
All this innuendo and so-called "sleaze" boils down to the possibility that ten years ago, five years before I was even an MP, someone made a donation to my then constituency party that I did not know about but which in any case was perfectly legal and legitimate and would not have required declaration even if I had become the MP. No wonder the public are confused by all this. I certainly am.
Nirj Joseph Deva MP
House of Commons