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Assistant Chief Executive acting as Newham Labour spokesperson on Mayoral Trigger?

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Dear Newham Borough Council,

The newly promoted Mayoral advisor Cllr Patrick Murphy was the Newham Labour Party procedures secretary to the recent Mayoral trigger ballot. When he has been contacted by journalists interested in the allegations made about this process he has told them to contact the Newham Council Assistant Chief Executive, Douglas Trainer for comment.

Mr Trainer is paid by Newham Residents £111,000 per year and is in a politically restricted post.

1. Please confirm that Mr Trainer has contacted or discussed the Labour Party Mayoral trigger ballot (and anything associated with it) with any journalist.

2. If so the names of these journalists; when; where; how and what he said to these journalists and why he has acted as a spokesperson for the Labour Party.

3. I understand that there are tape recordings of these conversations.

4. Please list the social events that Mr Trainer has attended with member of Newham Labour Party including at Labour Party conferences.

Please send copy of all entries of the Newham Council officer hospitality register filled out by Mr Trainer.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Smith

Newham Borough Council

REQUESTER REFERENCE: C14813
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