Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 93

Letter to Mr Kevin Reid from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Further to my letter of 5 June [refers to the letter of 18 May] I have now checked the information about the financial reference with Mr Alex Rowley, former General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, who tells me that he was aware of the reference. He has informed me that Lesley Quinn, the current General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, informed him that the Labour Party had provided you with a financial reference to enable you to secure a loan towards housing and that the copy of the reference was on the Labour Party`s file.

Please would you let me know —

1.  Whether the Labour Party has provided you with a financial reference of any kind at any time?

2.  If so, please would you let me have details of dates, organisations to which it was provided, its content, and if possible copies of the reference.

3.  If no financial reference has ever been provided for you for any purpose by the Labour Party you may wish to comment on the information which Mr Rowley has given to me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

7 June 2000

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