Letter to Mr Paul McKinney from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
Before concluding my inquiries into the complaint
against Dr Reid and Mr Maxton, I am seeking to tie up one or two
loose ends which still remain.
In another witness`s account of a conversation with
you, you are recorded as claiming to have heard Dr Reid say in
April 1998: "You can have my boy and I will pay for him"
and also: "My boy`s not doing anything, he can come in and
I will find a way of paying for him".
In your meeting with me on 22 March, you repeated
the substance of the first part of Dr Reid`s alleged offer of
his son`s services to the Labour Party, but not the second (ie
relating to the source of funding for Kevin Reid).
Bearing in mind the importance to the validity of
the complaint of the precise nature of any payments to Kevin Reid
during the period in question, can I ask you to confirm whether
these two statements attributed to you are correct? If the comment
about payment is not correct, I would be grateful if you could
offer any explanation as to why any witness should claim to have
heard you say the words in question.
May I have a reply by 9 May, please? You are welcome
to provide the reply by telephone if you prefer.
2 May 2000