Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 171

File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

    Willie Sullivan
    21 March 2000
    Telephone call with Willie Sullivan

Willie Sullivan telephoned me having received my letter. He said he was very anxious about things because "he believed he would be finished in the Labour Party if he talked to me". I said I was sure that was not the case that the Standards and Privileges Committee had a majority of Labour Members on it and they would be grateful and impressed if he were brave and informed me of what he knew. He said what worried him was that it was the Labour majority, because he was sure that anything he said would leak into the Party.

I explained my procedures to him and that I was currently getting information from a wide number of people about what had happened. He said that there were some of the questions that he had no knowledge of which concerned formal employment arrangements but that he was party to conversations in the office and indeed some of the individuals told him what the situation was I asked him either to write that to me or to have another conversation with me on the telephone and tell it to me so that I could send him a note. He said he would write to me with the information and I thanked him.

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