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

76.  Letter to Ms Julie Kirkbride from the Commissioner, 18 May 2010

Now that the new Parliament has assembled, I am writing to confirm that I am resuming my work on this complaint, and to ask whether you could give me the name and address of the gardener at your Bromsgrove property.

During the Dissolution of Parliament, I reviewed the evidence which I have collected in relation to this complaint. I see from the complainant's initial letter of 30 October that he refers to evidence in an unidentified newspaper article which suggests that there is a witness who believes that your brother was a permanent resident at your Bromsgrove property. The complainant could not identify the press report. I have subsequently identified it as being in the attached article from the News of the World of 24 May 2009.[208]

I recognise that this evidence is directly contrary to the evidence which you and your brother have provided. I think that, having identified the article referred to by the complainant, I do need to check, if at all possible, with the reported evidence of the gardener. I would, therefore, be grateful if you could as soon as possible provide me with the name and address of that potential witness so that I can write to him about it.

Finally, when I wrote to you about this on 29 March, I noted that I would need to consider this complaint alongside the complaint against your husband, Mr Andrew Mackay. I will be seeing Mr Mackay early next month, and hope that that will be enable me to bring both inquiries to an conclusion. I will be in touch with you after I have seen Mr Mackay.

If you could let me have the information about your gardener within the next few days, I would be most grateful.

18 May 2010

208   WE 77 Back

previous page contents next page

House of Commons home page Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries index

© Parliamentary copyright 2010
Prepared 21 October 2010