22. Written statement by Ms Cara Walker,
21 October 2003|
[See also Volume III, PCS Oral Evidence 21]
Ms Cara Walker, Constituency Secretary to Mr Iain
I started working in September 2002, as Constituency
Secretary to the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP. During this time
I was being trained by Christine Watson, with whom I worked very
closely and reported to.
How much contact did I have with Mrs Duncan Smith?
I would often overhear Christine liaise with Betsy
over the phone about diary matters and constituency visits that
Iain was to attend. I met her on a couple of occasions and would
sometimes take messages for Christine to call her, if Christine
was unable to answer the phone.
The main work that I undertook during the period
of September 2002 to December 2002 was as follows:
Casework and all political correspondence from Iain's constituents-this
work was overseen by Christine Watson.
of tours around the House of Lords and House of Commons.
of tickets for constituents to go and see Prime Ministers Questions.
to invitations having checked with Christine whether Iain could
attend or not.
up the press Cuttings Books.
I had no direct involvement with the organisation
of Iain's constituency diaryI would however reply to some
of the invitations, as instructed by Christine.
Am I aware of any disquiet having been expressed
at any point about whether or not it was appropriate for Mrs Duncan
Smith to continue to be remunerated after September 2001 from
I was unaware of any disquiet being expressed; however
I was aware that Mrs Duncan Smith was being taken off the payroll.
21 October 2003