“Disturbing” cases of bullying and sexual harassment have “long been tolerated and concealed” in the House of Commons, according to a report.
The report, by Dame Laura Cox QC, said there was a culture of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence”.
She said the procedures for protecting staff were inadequate and said “broad cultural change” was needed.
The inquiry was commissioned following a BBC investigation earlier this year.
Bercow under fire as inquiry exposes bullying ‘from the top down’
An inquiry into House of Commons bullying has called on John Bercow, the Speaker, to consider his position after finding damning evidence that harassment of staff was “tolerated and concealed” for years.
Dame Laura Cox said parliamentary employees had been subject to a culture “cascading from the top down” of “deference, subservience and silence”.
She added that this had allowed bullying, harassment and sexual harassment to thrive.
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