John Bercow told to quit over report into sex pest MPs
Speaker not up to job, says standards chief
The head of the Commons standards committee is calling for John Bercow to resign as Speaker after a report said that “disturbing” allegations of sexual harassment by MPs had been “tolerated and concealed”.
Sir Kevin Barron’s intervention comes after the conclusions of an independent inquiry into harassment of Commons staff were published.
The report by Dame Laura Cox, 66, found that it would be “extremely difficult” for the “current senior House administration”, including the Speaker, to bring about the changes required. It added that Mr Bercow was incapable of addressing a culture of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence” among Commons staff.
Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/john-bercow-told-to-quit-over-report-into-sex-pest-mps-0t7vrbf2j
A report exposes bullying and a culture of deference in the House of Commons
The Liberal prime minister Herbert Asquith once remarked that “there is no more striking illustration of the immobility of British institutions than the House of Commons”. The extent to which this remains true, and not in a benign way, is laid out in a report published yesterday by Dame Laura Cox, QC, on allegations of bullying and harassment of Commons staff by MPs and senior officials.
The report’s conclusions are damning. Dame Laura finds a “culture, cascading from the top down, of deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence, in which bullying, harassment and sexual harassment have been able to thrive and have long been tolerated and concealed”.
Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/parliamentary-abuse-gj3gk2s0q
Speaker John Bercow should quit, says Maria Miller after Commons bullying report
Speaker John Bercow should resign following the House of Commons bullying report, the chairwoman of the Women and Equalities Committee has said.
Maria Miller said Dame Laura Cox’s inquiry showed “bullying and harassment is coming right from the top” and that Mr Bercow should “absolutely” resign.
Senior Labour MP and outgoing standards committee chairman Sir Kevin Barron has also called for a change of Speaker.
Mr Bercow’s office declined to comment on Mrs Miller’s remarks.
Read on… https://www.bbcsly.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45874284
Previously… House of Commons abuse cases ‘tolerated and concealed’
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