Mr Andrew Mackay and Ms Julie Kirkbride - Standards and Privileges Committee Contents

18.  Letter to Rt Hon Andrew Mackay from the Commissioner, 15 February 2010

Thank you for your letter of 12 February responding to mine of 26 January about this complaint in respect of the identification of your main home for the purposes of your claims against the Additional Costs Allowance.

I was most grateful for this response to three of my follow-up questions. I hope I am right in taking it from your two letters that your pattern of overnight stays was substantially the same as your wife's except for September each year, when you spent some Sunday nights and, as I understand it, Monday to Thursday nights inclusive in Bromsgrove while your wife and son were in London so that he could go back to school. Presumably Ms Kirkbride returned to the constituency with your son on Friday before returning again to London on Sunday. I take it that this arrangement continued for some three weeks in September/early October before the House returned. If I have misinterpreted this, please let me know.

I look forward to hearing from you after the recess about this and about the remaining two matters. Thank you for your help.

15 February 2010

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