Statement by Chris Winslow
My full name is Christopher Harry Winslow. I reside
I am 27 years of age.
I am currently employed with the Policy Unit of the
Scottish Executive and have been in that job since 17th May 1999.
I was a student at Glasgow University studying politics
until the Summer of 1998.
From June 1998 to June 1999, I was employed on part-time
contracts with both the Labour Party, and with John Maxton, MP.
I started my job with John Maxton on 1st June 1998.
It was a part-time contract and my hours were 20 hours variable.
I was paid £6,500 per annum.
I think I started with the Labour Party on 13th or
14th June 1998.
The role I had with John Maxton was a research one.
Principally I was to carry out the policy research, into all sorts
of areas. I carried this out mostly at my home, and also in Delta
House, the headquarters of the Scottish Labour Party.
I confirm that I did not do any constituency work
I confirm that the work I carried out for John Maxton
was a mix of regular day to day tasks, some specific requests,
and blocks of longer term research. In relation to the latter,
I would use the facilities offered by the House of Commons Library.
I remember carrying out a lot of research for John Maxton into
the economic consequences of devolution as opposed to independence.
I also remember carrying out a lot of work in respect of the distribution
of National Lottery funds in Scotland. John Maxton was particularly
interested in these topics. On these and other subjects I obtained
information from the House of Commons Library. The situation was
that I would phone up and request the information and they would
send that out though the letter sent out would be addressed to
John Maxton and would record the fact that the material had been
requested by his researcher.
As I have indicated, I started working with the Labour
Party on 13th/14th June 1998. That was a part-time contract and
I was contracted to work 15 hours per week.
The hours were variable. Between June and November
I was really just finding my feet and carrying out various tasks.
During the course of the year, I spent quite a lot of time looking
at issues to do with SNP policy, as well as contributing to writing
speeches, policy forum work, and also some manifesto work for
the Labour Party.
Initially I worked a normal working day in that I
would be in the office by about 9 am and I would tend to leave
anytime between 6 pm and 7 pm. I was therefore spending at least
45 hours per week working in the office. The work I was doing
was both for the Labour Party and for John Maxton.
I confirm that I would also work at home in the evenings,
as well as at weekends.
I would spend some of each day reading the papers
to keep up with events and issues. John Maxton was quite keen
to keep well abreast of issues covered by the Glasgow Herald newspaper
and I confirm that I would also go through local newspapers such
as the Eastwood Extra and the Glaswegian. I would not read those
papers in the context of my work for the Scottish Labour Party.
On 3rd November 1998, my contract with the Labour
party changed to the effect that my hours were increased. The
new hours were up to a maximum of 30 hours.
This meant that I was now contracted to do up to
maximum of 50 hours per week. I confirm that I was certainly doing
on average 50 hours per week if not a lot more. There were in
fact very few weeks when I would have been doing as little as
50 hours. From November onwards, I was working at least 10 to
12 hours per day in Delta House and in addition doing work in
the evening. I confirm that John Maxton had no difficulty with
me carrying out work both for him and for the Labour Party. I
was carrying out all the tasks that he required me to do. He employed
me to look at certain aspects of policy and that is what I did
for him. While I did not keep a record of time spent working I
confirm that I was spending a significant portion of my working
week doing work for John Maxton. It was broadly of the order of
20 hours per week over the period June 1998 to June 1999.
I should also perhaps explain the situation in relation
to my holiday entitlement. I think that I was entitled to 30 days
annual leave from the Labour Party. I seem to recall that I was
off on holiday for a fortnight in the Summer of 1998. I confirm
that in addition to that annual leave, I was also entitled to
take off 20 days as time in lieu in respect of overtime that I
had carried out. I did not claim any financial remuneration for
that but rather took the time off. That period allowed me to concentrate
on certain policies which I was working on for John Maxton. I
should also say that I was entitled to holiday leave as part of
my contract with John Maxton. I did not really use that until
the Spring of 1999 as I knew that I would be busy at the time
of the Scottish Parliament election and I would perhaps need some
I confirm that my position in relation to the allegations
made is that I satisfied my contract with John Maxton and also
my contract with the Labour Party at all times and carried out
all that was expected of me in respect of both.
(Attached to Mr John Maxton MP`s letter of 2 March