23. Letter to the Commissioner from
Mr W C Walker,
5 November 2003|
Betsy Duncan Smith
As a former Conservative MP and senior elected officer
and member of the Board of the party, I had access to the lines
of communication within the party. I used all lines and can confirm
that Mrs Duncan Smith kept her husbands diary. I detail below
Before Iain Duncan Smith was elected Leader, I arranged
meetings for him in his parliamentary capacity as Shadow Defence
Secretary. The meetings were with retired senior military officers.
After his election as Leader, I continued to arrange
for meetings and for his attendance at functions involving retired
top rank Royal Air Force Officers and at military exhibitions.
I also arranged meetings and functions involving UK and overseas
cadets at UK and Scottish venues.
Before agreeing dates, I had to contact Betsy Duncan
Smith. Firstly, to ensure Iain Duncan Smith was available on given
dates. Secondly, to confirm the venue, date and time. I frequently
had to make a number of telephone calls before final details were
confirmed. All of my telephone calls were made to her at home,
often in the evenings and at weekends.
As a ex-MP and the holder of an MoD Hon. Appointment
I was in the unique position to organise such activities and can
confirm Mrs Betsy Duncan Smith was engaged in maintaining her
husbands parliamentary diary.
5 November 2003