Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 156

E-mail to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and Mr John Rafferty

To:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
From:John Rafferty
Date:21 June 2000 18:54
Subject:Reply to your letter of 21 June

Thank you very much for your letter of 21 June requesting further details of my employment with the Labour Party.

At the request of the Labour Party I applied for, and was granted, 4 months unpaid leave of absence from my post as Director of the National Lottery Charities Board. Labour Party Headquarters at Millbank Tower negotiated with me a consultancy contract to engage me as coordinator of the General Election Campaign in Scotland. The contract period was from 12 January 1999 to 6 May 1999 (Polling Day).

During the period of the contract I was asked by Mr Dewar to take the post of Chief of Staff which commenced on 17 May. The Labour Party extended the consultancy contract to that date.

I was not dismissed from the consultancy post with the Labour Party. As you will note from the above the circumstances were quite the opposite.

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