E-mail to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Alex Rowley
|To:||The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
|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
The one with PM on it shows what he was going to
be paid in total which is £13,200 being paid at £1100
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.
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.