Dear Alda Barry,
I confess to being absolutely amazed. Ms Smith has not refuted one word of the newspaper articles, now carried and referred to across the mainstream media, and most definitely bringing Parliament into disrepute.
So it is not that there is only an unsubstantiated allegation. If it were untrue Ms Smith would be seeking legal redress through the courts.And in view of the facts as disclosed, and Mr Lyon’s own previous findings – viz : 'If a Member has his or her family living permanently in their constituency home and has modest accommodation in London big enough only for themselves, and which they use only when Parliament is in session, then it would clearly seem to be a matter of fact that Member's main home is in the constituency.' plus the precedent set in the exactly similar case of Michael Trend MP, there is an obvious case to investigate, and the Commissioner is in dereliction of his duty in ignoring it.
Of course, he may be fearful of his position, following the disgraceful treatment of Elizabeth Filkin, but as I understand it he cannot be considered for a further term, so I respectfully ask that he do his job?