Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 5

Letter to the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

I have received a complaint from Mr Dean Nelson alleging that you used House of Commons allowances to pay salaries to full time campaigners in the Labour Party`s Scottish Parliament election campaign, and that you misled the Fees Office by describing Mr Kevin Reid and Ms Suzanne Hilliard as your researchers. I attach a copy of the letter.

I have decided that this is a matter which I should investigate and I would be grateful to receive your comments on the allegations and any evidence you wish me to consider.

If you would prefer to discuss the matter in the first instance perhaps you would telephone me to arrange a convenient time.

27 January 2000

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