42. Transcript of telephone conversation
between Mr Michael Crick and Mr Rikki Radford, 29 September
Sec: Conservative office, good afternoon.
MC: Hello, it's Michael
Crick from Newsnight.
Sec: Hi there.
MC: Is Rikki free
Sec: I'll just see
if he's off the phone, just a moment (crackle), just hold on.
MC: Hello, Mr Radford.
RR: Yes it is, call me Rikki.
MC: Hello Rikki, I'm
from Newsnight at the BBC. I'm doingwe're doing
some work on Iain Duncan Smith and his wife Betsy and particularly
her role in his career and I was wonderingI know she used
to work as his diary secretaryI was wondering I understand
you being the agent in Chingford since he became leader or shortly
MC: And does she still
do that role as diary secretary.
MC: She doesn't.
MC: Right, not at
RR: No but have you tried running any of these
questions through the CCO press office.
MC: erm, I think
RR: I know your researchers have been ringing
MC: Right, I think
one of my colleagues has done yesas far you're aware she
doesn't have any professional role for him since he became leader.
RR: As far as I'm awareand I can be
absolute it's not 'as far as I'm aware', I know for sure she doesn't.
MC: Right, erm so
she doesn't write speeches for him or do research.
RR: Come on (sarcastically).
RR: Come on.
MC: (laughs) Right,
OK, so. Thanks very much indeed.
RR: Well the bottom line is that she's his
wife and she gets on with looking after the kids.
MC: Right ok, Well
thanks very much.
29 September 2003