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Voters need accurate information to decide

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Your report (AJ 1.2.01) that my decision to read a short extract from a letter at a 'hustings' meeting was an attempt to gain advantage from recorded criticism of Alex Reid by Owen Luder is misleading.

My purpose was solely to provide information that I believe was important to that meeting. A question had been addressed to Reid by a member of the audience who had expressed concern that the exdirector-general might, if elected president, have difficulties working with RIBA staff and council members because of alleged past disagreements and difficulties. I felt that the letter contained important evidence of a different opinion to the one given by Reid in his own answer.

It is for the voters to choose their president, and in this respect the job of the candidates is to ensure that the electorate has accurate and appropriate information upon which to inform that decision. This I have always endeavoured to provide.

No less and no more.

However, it should be stated clearly that Reid, Brian Godfrey and myself have behaved courteously towards each other throughout this campaign. Differences have to be expressed, but this has been done with respect. This is important for many reasons, not least of which is that whatever the outcome of this election we must continue to work together.

Paul Hyett, Ryder, London EC1

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