Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Annmarie Whyte
Further to your letter dated 11 February 2000 I have
attempted to answer your questions to the best of my knowledge.
Please note that I am currently on maternity leave and have found
it inconvenient to return to the office to obtain the relevant
information required to answer your questions.
1. As far as I know Kevin Reid worked part-time
for the Labour Party from May to October 1998, part-time meaning
15 hours per week. He was then employed on a full time basis until
Suzanne Hilliard was not employed by the Labour Party,
but did do a lot of voluntary work, like a number of other Labour
Chris Winslow worked part-time, contracted 15 hours
per week, for the Labour Party between June 1998 and June 1999.
In November 1998 he received a variation to his contract which
required him to work additional hours to maximum of 30 hours per
Note: The above information was obtained from the
Labour Party Personnel Department.
2. See 1.
3. It is not possible for me to answer this question.
I did not supervise these individuals. As the election drew closer,
I am aware that all three, like others, put in substantial efforts
for the Labour Party.
4. Again, I cannot answer this question. I did
not supervise work done by these individuals for others nor did
I expect to discuss that work with the individuals.
5. I know that all three worked on the campaign
but as to the dates they did this I cannot be specific. I refer
to answer 3.
6. I was neither party to nor aware of any discussions
relating to the employment of these individuals.
7. I was not aware of any concerns.
8. I have no further information.
I am sorry that I have been unable to answer some
of your questions and I hope that the information supplied assists
with your investigation. However I would rather not have to return
to this matter, as I will be on maternity leave until June 2000.
28 February 2000