Bul­ly­ing re­port is squeezed out by Ber­cow

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - An­drew Pierce

NoT only in­can­des­cent over his an­tiBrexit shenani­gans, many MPs are also fu­ri­ous with Speaker John Ber­cow for cur­tail­ing a par­lia­men­tary de­bate on bul­ly­ing.

Was it, they won­der, be­cause he finds the sub­ject rather awk­ward — hav­ing him­self been sub­ject to al­le­ga­tions that he bul­lied some mem­bers of his staff?

Two days be­fore be­ing ac­cused of rip­ping up the Par­lia­men­tary rule book to curry favour with Re­mainer MPs last week, he presided over a se­ries of min­is­te­rial state­ments and in­vited 157 MPs — al­most a quar­ter of the com­mons — to speak.

The state­ments ranged from the NhS, to mi­grants cross­ing the chan­nel and the plight of Bri­tishi­ra­nian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who is in prison in Tehran.

as a re­sult, there were only 35 min­utes left to de­bate a re­port that found wide­spread bul­ly­ing and harass­ment in Par­lia­ment and which called for a change in lead­er­ship of the com­mons. only four back­bench MPs were able to speak — and then just briefly.

Dame eleanor laing, the Deputy Speaker, was clearly ir­ri­tated, say­ing: ‘it is a great pity that we had ur­gent ques­tions last­ing for two hours and eight min­utes that were some­what repet­i­tive, and that we then had state­ments last­ing for three hours and two min­utes that were also repet­i­tive.’

For his part, Ber­cow has faced al­le­ga­tions — which he de­nies — that he bul­lied two for­mer of­fi­cials, plus a claim that he called com­mons leader an­drea lead­som a ‘stupid woman’.

in the re­port on bul­ly­ing fol­low­ing her in­quiry, Dame laura cox, a for­mer high court judge, had said: ‘i find it dif­fi­cult to en­vis­age how the nec­es­sary changes can be suc­cess­fully de­liv­ered and the con­fi­dence of the staff re­stored un­der the cur­rent se­nior house ad­min­is­tra­tion.’

This was in­ter­preted as a sub­tle way of say­ing ‘Ber­cow should stand down’.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.