Standards watchdog head Sir Kevin Barron resigns over cover-up fears
The head of the Commons standards watchdog has resigned and accused parliament of “sacrificing transparency” by banning the identification of MPs who are under investigation.
Sir Kevin Barron announced yesterday that he would step down next month after eight years of chairing the standards and privileges committee. “I am proud of the changes made to the code of conduct over the years, including the recent introduction of a new system of investigation into bullying and sexual harassment,” he said. But he took a swipe at his fellow MPs, adding: “It is a shame that some of those changes had to come with the sacrifice of transparency.”
SIR Kevin Barron is to step down as chairman of the standards and privileges committees in October.
The Rother Valley MP has spent 13 years as a member, including eight as chairman.
Sir Kevin said: “I feel that now is an ideal time for me to move on and focus on other projects.
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