Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 186B

Letter to Annmarie Whyte from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

As you are aware, during the process of writing my memorandum for the Standards and Privileges Committee I have needed to check some pieces of information with witnesses.

In reply to a question from me Mr Rowley told me that he first knew of Mr Maxton`s offer of Chris Winslow to work on the election campaign when you asked for his agreement to the pay arrangements. Mr Rowley says that Mr Maxton offered Chris Winslow to work full time on the campaign with pay made up by combining his researcher`s salary, through Mr Maxton, with a Labour Party salary. Mr Rowley says he agreed this arrangement with you.

Please would you let me know whether Mr Rowley`s statement is accurate and, if so, the date and terms of Mr Maxton`s offer.

Thank you again for your assistance.

PS. Thank you for your letter of 6th September.

7 September 2000

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