Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 129A

E-mail to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Alex Rowley

To:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
From:Alex Rowley
Date:20 April 2000 10:13

I think it is important not to get confused by the budget papers which I have sent you. I am not sure how useful they are given that all they show is the money being spent by the Labour Party, other then the first one with Paul McKinney on it.

Chris Winslow

The one with PM on it shows what he was going to be paid in total which is £13,200 being paid at £1100 per month.

The second one marked draft shows he was actually being paid £550 per month from the Labour Party as from June 1998 which therefore leads me to believe he was being paid £550 per month from John Maxton.

The most up to date sheets I sent shows that from November Chris Winslow direct payments from the Party went from £550 per month to £1100, when you then add the £550 per month from John Maxton, Chris is being paid a total of £1650 per month which is the same amount as which Kevin Reid is being paid on his full time salary from the Party.

Hence my explanation to you in the interview that when Kevin at this fathers insistence was put on a full time contract with the Party, I increased Chris salary to ensure both were being paid the same. I did so in the interest of fairness.

Kevin Reid

The same applies on the sheet marked PM which simply shows that Kevin should be getting a total of £13,200 being paid at £1,100 per month.

The next sheet marked up date shows that from the June until the October when Kevin went on the full time contract, he was being paid £366 per month which would lead me to believe that he must have been getting paid £734 per month from his father between the June and October.

The most up to date sheet shows what Kevin was paid from the Party as a total but again does not show any money from any other source.

I am making assumptions on the payments being made by other sources. I did not deal with the financing of the arrangement personally but was told at the time by Annmarie Whyte that both Chris and Kevin were being paid the same as a total when you put the Party and MPs money together. Hence the reason to increase the money being paid to Chris when Kevin went full-time.

On the other matter of my conversations with John Reid, other than the points I have made to you, I do not wish to discuss this further.

I hope the above gives you a better understanding of the budget papers which have been useful for my memory but I am not sure how helpful they are otherwise.

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