Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 155

Letter to Mr John Rafferty from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

You will recall that I was in touch with you some time ago when you kindly provided answers to my questions to assist my enquiry.

I am hoping to conclude the enquiry shortly but I am afraid I need to ask you for one further piece of personal information since the matter has been raised with me in evidence.

Mr Maxton tells me that the Labour Party dismissed you, Mr John Rowley and Mr Willie Sullivan and he sent me a copy of the attached press cutting to explain how he became aware of these dismissals.

Please would you let me know whether this is an accurate account and, if you were dismissed, the reasons for the dismissal. If you have any documentary information about the termination of your employment with the Labour Party perhaps you would let have copies. I shall be writing in the same terms to the other people mentioned but if you have any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the termination of their employment I would be grateful to have that too. You may prefer to discuss this matter on the telephone and if so please do not hesitate to phone me.

Thank you in advance for your help.

21 June 2000

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