Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Lesley Quinn, The Scottish Labour Party
Thank you for your correspondence of 23rd July, 2001.
I respond to your questions as follows:
1. The Senior Administrator in our office wrote
"Copy all staff" on my instructions. This is normal
practice for thank you letters and they are then placed in the
mail trays of all concerned.
2. It would have been copied to all staff currently
in employment with the Scottish Labour Party at that time.
There would have been no covering letter, as indicated
the normal practice above.
3. Mr Maxton is a very experienced parliamentarian
and in particular I have great respect for his thoughts on elections,
whether they be general or by-elections. As a Labour Member of
Parliament, I have called on Mr Maxton's experience over the years.
In contacting Mr Maxton's office over the years, his staff were
always very helpful and very courteous towards me and other Scottish
Labour Party staff. Examples of this would have been trying to
get some time in his diary to advise at elections, to attend new
members events and speak at Party development meetings.
This letter is a result of Mr Maxton announcing his
resignation as a Member of Parliament, which obviously means I
took the opportunity to thank him .
4. Could I refer you to Mr Maxton as I believe
this is a question that should be directed at him. I am unable
to answer this question.
5. Again could I refer you to Mr Maxton as I
believe this is a question that should be directed at him. I am
unable to answer this question.
6. I did not draw this to your attention during
your enquiries as I believe it does not relate to them. It is
simply a thank you letter which I circulated to all staff for
motivational purposes. I think the fact that it was so widely
circulated indicates my willingness to be open. Indeed, Mr Dean
Nelson from the Sunday Times contacted our Press Office when he
wrote his story relating to this letter and it was fully explained
to him at that time the correct circumstances.
7. The letter is attached for your information.
13 August 2001