27. Written statement by Mr Andrew
13 October 2003|
[See alsoPCS Oral Evidence 24, Volume III]
1. I started to work for Iain Duncan Smith in
the middle of the campaign for his election as leader of the Conservative
Party in the summer of 2001. When he was elected as the Leader
of the Opposition I continued to work for him. My official title
was Diary Secretary. I worked for him until October 2002 when
I left to assume my current job as Head of the Candidates Department
for Conservative Central Office.
2. From 13 September 2001 to October 2002 I worked
very closely with Elizabeth Duncan Smith and Annabelle Eyre, who
was then Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition.
Elizabeth Duncan Smith's work
3. When Iain Duncan Smith was appointed Leader
of the Opposition it was essential to get his office running as
quickly as possible. The events of 11 September 2001 had just
occurred and as a result Parliament was recalled. There was therefore
no period in which we could establish the new offices but it was
necessary in the immediate period merely to rely upon the existing
staff working for Iain to handle the additional duties that resulted
from his appointment as Leader of the Opposition.
4. Elizabeth Duncan Smith was essential to enable
me to do my job as Diary Secretary for the Leader of the Opposition.
Due to Iain Duncan Smith's commitments during the day it was difficult
for me to have the opportunity to speak to him about these matters.
Elizabeth discussed the arrangements with Iain Duncan Smith and
would report back to me on his wishes both in respect of the plans
I was making and the arrangements that he would like me to make
in the future. Elizabeth would speak to Iain Duncan Smith about
the diary arrangements in the evenings or over the weekends and
would let us know the following day. She would download documents
that I e-mailed to Iain ready for his consideration over the weekends
and she would e-mail back his responses.
5. Every Friday I used to send her e-mails with
the diary for the following six months and the detailed diary
for the week ahead. Elizabeth used to work through it with Iain
Duncan Smith over the weekend and would speak to me about them
on Monday. She would let me know what information Iain Duncan
Smith required for his meetings and engagements. She kept a list
of the points outstanding and would contact me to make sure that
certain appointments had been made or to report any changes that
Iain Duncan Smith wanted to make. We did not work normal office
hours. I remember that on one occasion Elizabeth Duncan Smith
telephoned me after 12.10 am over the weekend with responses to
my queries assuming that she would leave a message for me on my
answer-phone. She had just finished working through the points
with Iain and was responding so that I could follow them up on
6. Following my departure my role was assumed
and extended by Annabelle Eyre who assumed my responsibilities
for planning and tours and Paula Malone who took over the management
of all other aspects of Iain Duncan Smith's diary.
7. I have not been approached by any journalists
asking me about the work that Elizabeth Duncan Smith did with
me during this period.
8. I was not aware of any complaints having been
made about Elizabeth Duncan Smith's work during her employment
until I read the recent press coverage about it. I consider her
to have been an essential part of the team working for Iain Duncan
Smith and it would have been hard for me to have done my work
without her assistance.
13 October 2003