Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report


Annex K

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Lesley Quinn, The Scottish Labour Party

Thank you for your correspondence of 23rd July, 2001.

I respond to your questions as follows:

1.  The Senior Administrator in our office wrote "Copy all staff" on my instructions. This is normal practice for thank you letters and they are then placed in the mail trays of all concerned.

2.  It would have been copied to all staff currently in employment with the Scottish Labour Party at that time.

There would have been no covering letter, as indicated the normal practice above.

3.  Mr Maxton is a very experienced parliamentarian and in particular I have great respect for his thoughts on elections, whether they be general or by-elections. As a Labour Member of Parliament, I have called on Mr Maxton's experience over the years. In contacting Mr Maxton's office over the years, his staff were always very helpful and very courteous towards me and other Scottish Labour Party staff. Examples of this would have been trying to get some time in his diary to advise at elections, to attend new members events and speak at Party development meetings.

This letter is a result of Mr Maxton announcing his resignation as a Member of Parliament, which obviously means I took the opportunity to thank him .

4.  Could I refer you to Mr Maxton as I believe this is a question that should be directed at him. I am unable to answer this question.

5.  Again could I refer you to Mr Maxton as I believe this is a question that should be directed at him. I am unable to answer this question.

6.  I did not draw this to your attention during your enquiries as I believe it does not relate to them. It is simply a thank you letter which I circulated to all staff for motivational purposes. I think the fact that it was so widely circulated indicates my willingness to be open. Indeed, Mr Dean Nelson from the Sunday Times contacted our Press Office when he wrote his story relating to this letter and it was fully explained to him at that time the correct circumstances.

7.  The letter is attached for your information.

13 August 2001


 
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