Today’s referral by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to the Metropolitan Police of a complaint against me lifts the dirty tricks campaign of recent months into the surreal.
Louise Mensch boasts on Twitter that the complaint is from her. A New York based former cocaine addict, an ex-Tory MP, and a current Sun columnist, Mensch has been running a virtually non-stop Twitter campaign against me, however fuelled, for many months, sometimes tweeting about me hundreds of times in a single day.
I don’t know if she is telling the truth about her authorship of the complaint because IPSA have never informed me of the nature of any complaint still less put to me the basis of the complaint for me to answer it. Neither have they informed me of the identity of the complainant.
The answers are appended to the bottom of this article and are our responses to the flurry of media inquiries on the same subjects which, predictably enough dogged the final weeks of my recent general election campaign.
What is certainly true is that her co-complainant Aisha Ali-Khan (about whom much more later) was introduced to her Tel-Aviv lawyers by Mensch (working pro-bono obviously because Khan had herself declared bankrupt a few months ago).
So, an axis stretching from England to New York and Tel-Aviv has had both the British parliament and media dance to their tune. Neither can have been unwilling partners.
I spent nearly thirty years as a member of the British parliament and grew used to their ways. But I must express my shock that IPSA should have taken the action they have at the behest of such an axis without a single telephone call, e-mail, letter, nor jot or tittle of any complaint being communicated to me. No question asked, no answer given.
As I told the US Senate almost exactly ten years ago “I know standards have slipped around here but….”
Aisha Ali-Khan was briefly a parliamentary assistant of mine back in 2012. She has complained to IPSA in 2015 (or Mensch has on her behalf, as I say, I don’t know) having hawked her story along what used to be called Fleet Street for many weeks.
Khan was dismissed by me in 2012 since when she has been convicted in two separate courts and sent to prison. She was convicted with her lover, a bent copper by the name of Afiz Khan a former head of the Muslim Contact Unit of the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Metropolitan Police, on Data Protection offences. Afiz Khan was given a term of imprisonment which was suspended whilst Aisha Ali-Khan was sentenced for Data Protection Offences.
Former Detective Inspector Khan was cashiered from the force losing his highly paid job and his lucrative pension.
His lover Aisha Ali-Khan was separately sent to prison in connection with the sending of explicit photographs to former DI Khan’s wife and failing to obey the court order to delete them and desist.
It should be noted that she slept at my house with her lover Afiz Khan, without my knowledge or permission, when I and my wife were away. This only emerged after a suspicious break-in when a parliamentary laptop was stolen and DI Khan had to tell the investigating officers that he had been there and his prints and DNA would be found, so that he could be eliminated from the inquiry.
A gruesome twosome you might say.
But there is more, much more.
Aisha Ali-Khan took an industrial tribunal claim against me after her dismissal. Her union the GMB (which she joined only after her dismissal) washed their hands of her complaint. Her Israeli lawyers deserted the case shortly before it was to come before the judge. She began a County Court case against me claiming “unpaid overtime” for precisely the tasks she now claims to IPSA she was wrongly paid for.
There is not a scintilla of truth in any case in these false claims. The “work” she claims to one court she wasn’t paid for and to IPSA that she was paid for and shouldn’t have been, in fact is wholly fictitious. A tissue of lies.
Now she is in the hands of her Tel-Aviv lawyers however, without care of the financial consequences as a self-declared bankrupt (to avoid paying £20,000 in costs to former DI Khan’s long-suffering wife) and being worked from New York by Louise Mensch the curious case of the bent copper his jailbird lover and the New York former coke-head has reached the desks of the hard pressed Metropolitan police.
All of this campaign has been mounted to damage me politically of course. Only an idiot would seek to deny this.
Now that I am out of parliament and planning my next campaign it is an obvious attempt to both disrupt my plans and harm my chances. I am not in control of the latter but I am of the former.
So, for the record this will not stop me. The gloves are off. The bare-knuckle fight begins….
APPENDIX 1 | email from The Sunday Times and our response
From: Arbuthnott, George
Date: 16 April 2015 at 11:17
Subject: Letter to Mr Hoveman
Dear Mr Hoveman,
The Sunday Times
newspaper plans to publish a story this weekend that chiefly
relates to a complaint to the Independent
Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) that has been made
against George Galloway MP by Aisha Ali-Khan,
his former parliamentary
Ms Ali-Khan alleges in
her complaint that Mr Galloway misused public money because
she was instructed to carry out personal and political work
when she was employed by him and being paid by the taxpayer
to do parliamentary tasks relating to his position as an
says she spent at least
three-quarters of her time performing such non-parliamentary
duties despite being
paid £30,000 a year to work as a parliamentary assistant
from April 2012 to October 2012. .
She says Mr Galloway’s
conduct was contrary to rule 15 of the
Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament as approved by the
House of Commons on 12 March 2012: It says: “Members shall
ensure that their use of public resources is always in
support of parliamentary duties. It should not confer any
undue personal or financial benefit on themselves or anyone
else, or confer undue advantage on a political
IPSA guidance also
states: “MPs are not allowed to use any taxpayer-funded
business costs and expenses, including staff time, travel,
and office equipment for any electoral purposes. To do so
would be an illegal campaign donation under electoral
And the MP’s
Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses states that attendance
at political party conferences or meetings and work
conducted at the behest of a political party do not
constitute parliamentary duties.
It is alleged Mr
Galloway abused his position as an MP and misused public
funds by tasking his parliamentary assistant with performing
political and personal tasks for you – many of which were
conducted in normal office hours.
Of those, a number
appear to involve yourself in the tasking of Ms Ali-Khan
with political duties. They
1. In July 2012,
Mr Galloway instructed Ms Ali-Khan to organise an event to
launch the Respect Party in Huddersfield. You also told her that
you wanted her to promote the event on social
2. In June 2012, you
asked Ms Ali-Khan to assist in organising the Respect Party
National Conference – a
task that took her
five days to carry out. You told her to
promote the conference and communicate with the Respect
Party Treasurer who was arranging the event. She replied
that she would promote the event across all the networks in
Bradford and you then thanked her. Later you asked her to
arrange a meeting with the Respect
Party Treasurer and when she confirmed this was done, you
thanked her again. She liaised with
the Respect Party Treasurer, promoted the
event, contacted all the
members who were not registered for the conference and later
contacted potential volunteers to help at the conference.
The Treasurer requested that Ms Ali-Khan provide an update
on food, security,
accommodation, speakers and venue costs for the
3. In September 2012,
Mr Galloway told Ms Ali-Khan to emphasise the role he played
in saving Bradford’s Art Deco cinema
from demolition by posting on the ‘let’s elect
George Galloway for Bradford West’ Facebook page. Later
you told Ms Ali-Khan to organise a day-long seminar on the
future of the cinema under the ‘Respect
4. In June 2012, Ms
Ali-Khan was instructed to attend a meeting with the
organisers of a protest against the English Defence League
in Dewsbury to see whether the Respect Party could share a
platform with the organisers. You told Ms Ali-Khan that Mr
Galloway was willing to attend the demonstration if security
could be arranged, which she confirmed she would organise.
Ms Ali-Khan then repeatedly communicated with the
5. In May 2012, you
told Ms Ali-Khan to issue an appeal to the Respect Party
activists in Mr Galloway’s name calling for them to pay
a fee to register with the party. Later Ms Ali-Khan herself
paid registration fees for Respect Party
6. In October 2012, Ms
Ali-Khan sent you a proposal
for the establishment of a new women-only group for the Respect Party.
You approved the initiative and suggested she involved other women and a
committee structure was set up. Later you asked her for a
report on how the meeting had
7. In August 2012,
Ms Ali-Khan complained to Mr Galloway that she was unable to
do 40 hours of parliamentary work as stipulated in her
£30,000 IPSA contract because of the personal and political
work he had given her. Mr Galloway then offered her a new
contract which stated he would pay her £15,000 a year and
IPSA would pay her £15,000 a year. She subsequently signed
this contract but Mr Galloway suspended her before it came
into effect. Also in August, you told her to extend her
office hours beyond the 20 hours she had previously been
working until the new contract came into effect. You also
advised her to describe herself on her business cards as a
parliamentary assistant rather than a personal assistant to
avoid contractual difficulties with IPSA.
Do you accept you were fully aware that Ms
Ali-Khan was conducting personal and political work while
she was your parliamentary
assistant? Do you accept this is why she was offered a
new contract reducing her salary by
8. You were also being
paid by IPSA at the time so much of the conduct that relates
to you above represents a further potential contravention of
IPSA rules and electoral
law. Do you accept you
were fully aware that you were conducting personal and
political work while you were being paid by
We wish to give you the opportunity to comment
on Ms Ali-Khan’s allegations which will be reflected in
the article we intend to write. Please can you
respond by no later than 5pm on Friday 17th March in order
that we can include your reply in the article.
ArbuthnottSunday TimesTel: +442077825335
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From: Rob Hoveman <r……@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 17 April 2015 at 16:24
Subject: Absurd allegations from Aisha Ali-Khan
To: Ron Mckay
APPENDIX 2 | email from BBC and our resonse
On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 5:09 PM, Sarah Knight <email@example.com> wrote:
I am writing from the Victoria Derbyshire programme which goes out on BBC 2 and the BBC News Channel. It also broadcasts online. We are intending to record an interview Aisha Ali-Khan, former aide to George Galloway, tomorrow.
As you will be aware she has lodged an official complaint with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). She claims that she spent just a quarter of her time on his parliamentary duties, and says she was paid public money to pursue a private agenda for Mr Galloway, doing personal chores for him and working for his political and charitable interests.
She has made the following points which may be included in the interview:
– When she first began working for Mr Galloway she lived in his house in Streatham, after he insisted she stayed there, with his then fiancee and other members of staff. She says on a typical day when she first started working for him in London she would wake up and immediately prepare his and his fiancee’s breakfast. His fiancee would leave a note on the table outside their bedroom or she’d get a text last thing at night or first thing in the morning saying what they wanted her to make them for breakfast.
– She says she was also asked to do their ironing and their food shopping. Initially she thought all of Mr Galloway’s staff were helping run the household but soon she realised it was just her.
– She says the only thing she was doing that was parliamentary work was managing Mr Galloway’s diary, which also included organising his speaking engagements for his charity and travel arrangements.
– She says the staff had no office and had to work from the café in Portcullis House in Westminster. She says she was one of four members of staff who were paid using Parliamentary money.
– She was also asked to help set up a beauty parlour business for his fiancee. She says work included looking for venues and helping her get a business loan.
– She says a lot of the activities that she was asked to do were outside the remit of parliamentary work. She says it wasn’t a one off, it was constant.
– She was told by one of her colleagues that she had to say she was a parliamentary assistant on her business cards or they’d get into trouble with IPSA.
– In the summer of 2012 she went to Bradford to set up his constituency office. She says the main things she did in Bradford were charity work for Mr Galloway. She says she also had to support people backed by Mr Galloway who were occupying a derelict building site in Bradford (where the Westfield company had scrapped plans to build a shopping centre a few years earlier).
– She says she was asked to help organise a women only convoy from Bradford to Gaza. She says it raised thousands of pounds but the convoy was cancelled. She says she raised concerns about the fundraiser and how it was being run and this led to her being sacked by Mr Galloway.
I would be grateful if you could provide me with a statement for the above allegations, ideally before 11am tomorrow morning (Monday 18th May). We are recording the interview late morning and I would like to have the statement by then to include it in the piece and put any points raised to Aisha Ali-Khan. We won’t be transmitting it until later in the week.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thanks very much, Sarah
From: Ron McKay <r……….@gmail.com>
Date: 17 May 2015 at 20:17
Subject: Re: BBC Enquiry
To: Sarah Knight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Below is the text of a letter sent by George Galloway to George Arbuthnott of the Sunday Times on April 17 when Arbuthnott raised, at Khan’s instigation, the alleged IPSA complaint. Again I repeat – no formal notification has come from IPSA that Khan has raised a complaint and all we know about what it may be comes from you, the Sunday Times and the Sun on Sunday. You will see that different questions were answered on the same subject.
I will respond to what remains of your questions in another email. But I have included here four relevant attachments.
It is clear that in seeking to give credence to the baseless allegations of a convicted criminal and liar, Aisha Ali Khan, you are attempting to smear me rather than to report honestly. It’s also abundantly clear that Aisha Ali-Khan is on some kind of vendetta against me after going to jail and being widely exposed for her manipulative scheming and serial untruths.
These allegations are being made three years after being dismissed when it was discovered she was conspiring with a senior Special Branch officer and using pseudonymous email accounts in an attempt bring me, as a Member of Parliament, and my office into disrepute. Her subsequent claim to an employment tribunal for unfair and wrongful dismissal was withdrawn by her last year. This also followed me giving evidence in the criminal case against her, in which she pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court.
So these allegations are a fabrication and a tissue of lies, which is custom and practice for Ms Khan. She was an employee until I first suspended her, little more than six months into the job, and then sacked her. But she was also a Respect activist. She is trying to claim that volunteer work carried out in her brief employment and in her own time was, in fact, undertaken and paid for on the parliamentary wage roll, which is a malicious lie I utterly refute. In fact, subsequent to the withdrawal of her employment tribunal case, she has made a claim for £28,000 incurred in the six months she was employed by me. This amounts to 50 hours overtime for each week of her employment. In identifying what she did in these 50 hours she lists party activities, Viva Palestina activities and personal matters. Our defence is that none of these were parliamentary duties, she has not been paid for them and is not owed for them. Her claim in the court contradicts what she has alleged to you where she claims she was paid for these activities.
Aisha Ali Khan was an incompetent employee, wilful and deceitful, who also made her own decisions, against instructions, which were usually wrong and repeatedly caused trouble for me. She lasted a very short time as my parliamentary assistant in London and then, after a break-in at my house in London where she introduced me to her secret lover and co-conspirator Detective Inspector Afiz Khan, I sent her to Bradford, where she proved equally incompetent and untrustworthy. After due process I sacked her.
The background, although you may ignore it, is this. In October 2012, I suspended Aisha Ali-Khan when it came to light that she, along with a senior Metropolitan police Special Branch officer, were secretly creating fake email accounts and exchanging untruthful information with journalists. This resulted in her immediate suspension and a restriction in work duties of the detective inspector involved, Afiz Khan.
In December 2012 Aisha Ali-Khan and Afiz Khan were arrested by the Metropolitan police on suspicion of data protection offences and conspiracy to engage in misconduct in public office. Aisha Ali Khan then made further untruthful and malicious complaints to the police.
Afiz Khan was at the time a DI in the counter terrorism command of the Met and also head of the Muslim Contact Unit. The Muslim Contact Unit had been formed in 2002 and headed up by Bob Lambert who had, in and amongst other roles, posed as a left-wing animal rights activist from 1983 to 1988, fathering a child with an unsuspecting activist during his deployment. In June 2012 he was accused in parliament by Caroline Lucas MP of planting the fire bomb that caused £340,000 worth of damage to the Harrow branch of a Debenhams department store in 1987 as part of his undercover work in the Animal Liberation Front.
These are perhaps extreme examples of the undercover and underhand tactics that Afiz Khan and Aisha Ali-Khan have attempted to use since October 2012 as a form of revenge.
In January 2013 I gave a witness statement to the police about this.
In July 2013 both Aisha Ali-Khan and Afiz Khan were charged with offences including the leaking of plans to arrest radical cleric Anjem Choudary http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2393077/Policeman-charged-leaking-plans-arrest-Anjem-Choudary-wife-worked-George-Galloway.html.
In December 2013 Afiz Khan pleaded guilty to a number of offences at Southwark Crown Court.
In March 2014 Aisha Ali-Khan was jailed for three months for Contempt of Court http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2594532/Former-aide-George-Galloway-jailed-possession-explicit-photos-policeman-lover-estranged-wife.html for refusing to confirm she had deleted explicit pictures she had obtained without permission of Afiz Khan’s wife from Afiz Khan’s computer equipment. Serious concerns were also raised by His Honour Judge Seymour QC as to Aisha Ali-Khan’s credibility as a witness of truth (see attached judgement, paragraphs 7, 8 & 14). That sentence of three months was later reduced to 28 days’ imprisonment.
It is worth noting that Aisha Ali-Khan held me somehow responsible for her incarceration and the instigation of those proceedings, as was touched upon by HHJ Seymour QC (see attached judgement, paragraph 12).
In June 2014, the day before her trial was due to start, Aisha Ali-Khan pleaded guilty to an offence of breaching Data Protection provisions by having requested from Afiz Khan material from police computers and was sentenced along with him in July 2014.
The combination of the imprisonment in March 2014 and the conviction at Southwark Crown Court in July 2014 has led to Aisha Ali-Khan losing her employment, losing all future employment prospects and considerable personal turmoil, all of which she holds me responsible for. This is evidenced by the numerous approaches she has made to press outlets to peddle her various untruthful and half truthful accounts, including now the Sunday Times.
On 10 December 2014 the Telegraph & Argus Newspaper in Bradford reported http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/11656382.Conference_to_be_held_to_help_child_sex_victims__find_their_voice_/ that she was organising a conference on child sexual exploitation in partnership with Just West Yorkshire.
Next day the Telegraph & Argus Newspaper in Bradford reported that she had misled a Bradford councillor with responsibilities in children’s and young people’s services as to her true identity, also misled him about other matters in the event she was trying to organise and misled the councillor on the make up of the panel for the event. Councillor Ralph Berry can be contacted on 07976 382993 to verify.
In addition I am aware Aisha Ali Khan gave untruthful evidence to the Nottingham Employment Tribunal in 2010/2011 where she described herself as single and divorced. However, in October 2012, she told the Guardian that she was married to Afiz Khan. While she undoubtedly had a sexual relationship with him and stayed at my house in London with him without my permission it was a lie to allege she was married to him, as he remained married to his legal wife.
Aisha Ali-Khan is a liar, a convicted criminal and a jailed blackmailer from the civil courts. Anything she alleges about me is therefore almost bound to be untrue. This complaint is just another attempt in a long line of attempts to smear, distort the truth and blatantly lie while blaming me.
Since 2012 both she and Afiz Khan have been involved in an orchestrated campaign to smear me through the use of pseudonymous social media accounts for my efforts in assisting the Metropolitan Police by giving witness evidence against Aisha Ali-Khan and Afiz Khan.
I have appended my answers to your questions. But as I said at the beginning of this email Aisha Ali Khan is trying to claim that volunteer work willingly undertaken was illicitly carried out on the parliamentary payroll. Untrue and defamatory. My answers below will, therefore, be repititous, reiterating that the tasks carried out were as a volunteer. You have also contacted my colleague Rob Hoveman who will add further detail to my response no doubt. There is not a scrap of evidence that any of these tasks she alleges she was asked to do or carried out were anything other than as a volunteer.
1) In July 2012, you instructed Ms Ali-Khan to organise an event to launch the Respect Party in Huddersfield. You chastised her for not sending out enough leaflets to promote the event and for changing the venue. She was also tasked with promoting the launch on social media by your Chief of Staff. You had exchanges with her about distributing the leaflets and thanked her for her work.
A) I asked her to help in the organisation in her own time. She willingly concurred. It involved very little work and was carried out in evenings and over weekends.
2) In June 2012, Ms Ali-Khan was tasked helping to organise the Respect Party National Conference – a job which took up her time over five days. She liaised with the Respect Party Treasurer, promoted the event, contacted all the members who were not registered for the conference and later contacted potential volunteers to help at the conference. The Treasurer requested that Ms Ali-Khan provide an update on food, security, accommodation, speakers and venue costs for the conference.A) She was not tasked, as you put it, but helped other volunteers organise the conference. In her own time.
3) In July 2012, you suggested to Ms Ali-Khan that a Respect Party stall should be set up at the Islamic Relief Annual Summer Fair in Leeds.A) If I did it was a sensible suggestion and if it happened then the organisation of that was in her own time.
In September 2012, you instructed Ms Ali-Khan to approach Bradford University about setting up a Respect Party stall during Freshers’ week. She asked you to provide a quote on tuition fees which would be carried on a banner at the stall. She then corresponded with Respect Party Treasurer over the cost of the stall.A) As in 3 above. This could not have involved more than a couple of telephone calls.
5) In September 2012, you told Ms Ali-Khan to emphasise the role you played in saving Bradford’s Art Deco cinema from demolition by posting on the ‘let’s elect George Galloway for Bradford West’ Facebook page. Later your Chief of Staff told Ms Ali-Khan to organise a day-long seminar on the future of the cinema under the ‘Respect banner’.A) Is this a serious point? It must have involved her in about five minutes on a computer in her own time. The seminar did not happen.
6. In June 2012, Ms Ali-Khan was instructed to attend a meeting with the organisers of a protest against the English Defence League in Dewsbury to see whether the Respect Party could share a platform with the organisers. Ali-Khan then repeatedly communicated with the event’s organisers.
A) Ms Khan instigated this idea and any subsequent correspondence. I was extremely wary of it and did not encourage her. If she did this while working for me when she was supposed to be carrying out parliamentary duties then I have no knowledge of this and if I had done I would have disciplined her.
7) In May 2012, your Chief of Staff told Ms Ali-Khan to issue an appeal to the Respect Party activists in your name calling for them to pay a fee to register with the party. Later Ms Ali-Khan herself paid the registration fees for Respect Party activists and contacted the Respect Party Treasurer to inform him she had registered ten new members.A) I am sure Rob Hoveman will deal with this in his response. Again any work would be in a volunteer capacity.
8. In July 2012, Ms Ali-Khan was instructed to organise a party celebrating the opening of a political office for the Respect Party in Bradford. She sent an invitation to the event in your name to numerous Respect Party members asking them to RSVP to her. She also asked your Media Spokesman to let the media know about the event. A) Volunteer work. But she will not have told you that, using a false excuse, she obtained the Respect Bradford membership list of more than 300 people from the membership secretary, and sent it to her lover, Afiz Khan, head of the Muslim Contact Unit, so that these people could be logged on Special Branch computers, presumably. His defence in his trial evidence that he only wanted it to put ‘names to faces’ was risible and was dismissed entirely in our complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
9) In October 2012, Ms Ali-Khan sent your Chief of Staff a proposal for the establishment of a new women-only group for the Respect Party. He approved the initiative and suggested she involved other women and a committee structure was set up. Later he asked her for a report on how the meeting had gone. A) Voluntarily.
10) In July 2012, you told Ms Ali-Khan to remove photos from Facebook of Respect Party members dressed up as Nazis and African tribal warriors that were taken at the Respect Party office in Bradford. You also told her to secretly remove various items of Nazi regalia including a ceremonial beret and armbands from the officeA) Was Prince Harry present? If there was a party I wasn’t present. I have never seen such items in the office in Bradford and wasn’t aware there were any. If I had I would certainly have binned them. I don’t have any recollection of this.
11) In September 2012, you instructed Ms Ali-Khan to visit a number of towns in Yorkshire to promote an anti-drones protest by – distributing posters and leaflets to raise awareness of your upcoming speech at the demonstration. She also drove to Blackburn to pick up a cameraman from the Ummah channel and deliver him back to Bradford so he could film the protest.A) She was an activist. She actually introduced the idea of visiting other places and I made it clear that if she did so it was on her own time and using her own petrol.
12. Between May 2012 to July 2012, you instructed Ms Ali-Khan to attend and report back on the “Occupy Westfield” demonstration on an almost daily basis for six weeks, which was organised by a Respect Party activist at your behest. This included taking photos and posting positive comments online about the protest using fake profiles. Ms Ali-Khan also set up email@example.com email address and a youtube channel promoting the protest. She was informed her duties were to ensure the Respect Party received significant publicity for the protests and in June you praised Ms Ali-Khan’s performance at an Occupy Westfield meeting. Later you told her to attend a court hearing about the protest’s legality as your representative.A) Nonsense. I did not instigate the Westfield occupation but I was pleased it occurred and I supported it because it was instrumental in finally persuading Westfield to start building in the hole that had blighted the heart of Bradford for more than eight years. Respect never claimed any responsibility or credit for this at the time. She spent some evenings and nights there, I understand, supporting the occupation.
13) You told Ms Ali-Khan to arrange your wedding, including the preparation of the wedding list, sending out the wedding invitations, organising the hotel accommodation and travel arrangements, liaising with the staff at the House of Commons to book menus and the Terrace as a location for the reception. She performed these tasks from July to September 2012 and you repeatedly contacted her to ensure she was performing such tasks. She says you never reimbursed her for the £500 deposit she paid to to secure the House of Commons as the wedding venueA) Totally untrue. She did have some small part in the arrangements and I fully paid her.
14) During her period of employment, Ms Ali-Khan was asked to accompany your wife on a number of personal trips and errands including visiting a hair salon and beauty parlour. During these trips, Ms Ali-Khan was expected to act as an interpretor for your wife. On behalf of your wife, Ms Ali-Khan also purchased cigarettes, earrings, gold slippers, clothing and a pirate birthday cake for your son.A) My wife speaks perfect English and several other languages and would therefore have no need of Khan’s assistance in any purchases. The two were friendly at the time and may have accompanied each other to the places you instance
15) For the three months Ms Ali-Khan lived at your home in Streatham she made breakfast for you on a daily basis. She also frequently had to make supper, iron and launder your clothes and buy your shirts and underwear. You also asked her to buy flowers for your mother on her birthday and have them delivered to her home in Scotland.A) Please, this is beyond parody. Ms Khan lived rent-free in my house and ate the food I paid for. If she occasionally cooked or volunteered to undertake some household tasks then she did so. There was no ‘had to’. There was no compulsion to anything she did.
16. In June 2012 you told Ms Ali-Khan to help co-ordinate the first ever ‘Women’s Convoy’ to Gaza to help deliver humanitarian aid to women and children. Ms Ali-Khan was told to organise a fund-raising dinner, create promotional posters, send out tickets, arrange and collect prizes as well as recruit volunteers and be one of the convoy’s drivers. She worked on these tasks throughout the whole of July and most of August. A) Codswallop. She suggested that she organise such a convoy, but did not work throughout July and August on it, but as above. The convoy did not happen. She did, however, organise a fundraising dinner, but was unable to account for any of the money raised, some £4000, which she subsequently accused several other people of stealing (I have confirmation).
17) Your Chief of Staff and Media Spokesman were also being paid by IPSA at the time so much of the conduct detailed above relating to them also represents a further potential contravention of IPSA rules and electoral law. A) As this is untrue it follows that no rules were contravened and that this is another smear.
18) In August 2012, Ms Ali-Khan complained to you that she was unable to do 40 hours of parliamentary work as her £30,000 IPSA contract stipulated because of the personal and political work you had given her. You then offered her a new contract which stated you would pay her £15,000 a year and IPSA would pay her £15,000 a year. She subsequently signed this contract but you suspended her before it came into effect. Also in August, your Chief of staff told her to extend her office hours beyond the 20 hours she had previously been working until the new contract came into effect. He advised her to describe herself as a parliamentary assistant on her business cards rather than a personal assistant to avoid contractual difficulties with IPSA.
A) Again a totally untrue smear. Rob Hoveman is covering this in his answers to your questions.
19) Do you accept you were fully aware that Ms Ali-Khan was conducting personal and political work while she was your parliamentary assistant?
A) I do not. She was, as I have said, an undiscplined and incompetent employee in her brief period with me. If she carried out personal work it was without my knowledge and, had I known, I would have disciplined her earlier than I did. As I said, she has made an overtime claim to cover this.
20) Do you accept this is why you offered her a new contract reducing her salary by half?
A) Fallacious. As Rob Hoveman will have told you this was because of her wish to return to Bradford and our need to employ someone in London and trim our problems. I also wanted to reduce her hours because she was not competent.