Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 184

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 May 1999.

Suzanne Hilliard was not employed by the Labour Party, but did do a lot of voluntary work, like a number of other Labour Party members.

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 week.

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

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