John Bercow has been punished with a lifetime ban on his right to pass parliament after an independent panel found him to be a “mass bully” and “mass liar”.
The two-year investigation found 21 of the 35 allegations of bullying the former Speaker of the House were brought by three staff members. Following the sentence, Bercow was also “administratively suspended” from the Labor Party pending an internal investigation, according to PA . news agency.
Suggest that Bercow banned from the parliament residence, the panel of inquiry, chaired by a former appellate court judge, described his conduct as “so severe that he is still a member of Parliament We have determined that he should be expelled by resolution of the House. “.
Bercow denounced the investigation as a “hoax of justice rooted in prejudice, derision and rumours”. The former speaker said reports of a lifetime ban were “revolving around the establishment”, who claimed that “he could get around any ban by being told by a “friendly passerby” permission”, Guardians reported.
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The charges were brought by Robert Rogers, formerly the most senior Commons secretary, Angus Sinclair, who was Bercow’s private secretary, and Kate Emms, another former private secretary.
The bullying claims were initially investigated by Kathryn Stone, the congressional commissioner for standards. Her findings have now been confirmed by an independent panel of experts to which Bercow appealed.
As Speakers Commons, a role Bercow has held for more than a decade, he has taken “several high-profile positions against the government’s use of Brexit legislation, allowing MPs to challenge some unorthodox”. The Guardian said. But his senior years as the speaker was “already accused of bullying allegations, including cursing officials and throwing his cell phone”.
Congressional standards watchdog Stone found that Bercow exhibited “threatening behavior” toward employees, including verbal abuse and other expressions of anger.
A report by Stone said that he “screamed and imitated” employees and was held responsible for “intimidating, insulting behavior related to the abuse of power”.
The Guardian said complainants kept “detailed records” of abuse.
Stone backed claims by former Commons secretary Rogers, now Lord Lisvane, that he had been subjected to “repeated unfounded criticism” “often delivered with length and volume and includes derogatory inferences about [his] education and background”.
Sinclair’s former private secretary’s allegations include a claim that Bercow threw a cell phone at him during a tantrum, and called him “an idiot” for responding to a press investigation. on members’ salaries.
And Emms alleges that Bercow belittled and imitated her in public, in repeated personal attacks that brought her to tears.
She said he was “rude, rude and disproportionate and threatening with his body language” during an outburst at the airport before a business trip to Kenya. Based on TimeBercow “then shouted at her, before not speaking to her on the flight”.
In a newly published reportThe independent panel of inquiry concluded that the Commons bullying and harassment policy had been “repeatedly and widely violated” by the top member of the House of Commons, in “abuse of power”.
“The House may feel that his conduct has made the Speaker’s senior position deplorable. This is behavior that has no place in any workplace,” said the three-member panel, chaired by retired Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Irwin.
Rejecting Bercow’s appeal against the findings of Stone’s investigation, the panel said he was “widely unreliable and repeatedly dishonest in his evidence”, and “tried to defeat the this complaint by false accusations of collusion and by making lies”.
In a statement released this morning, Bercow dismissed the independent investigation and its findings as “amateur”.
“This horrendous 22-month investigation, at enormous cost to taxpayers, has failed miserably,” he said. “In the end, the panel simply said that I should be denied passage through congress, which I never applied for and did not want. It is the absurdity of its position”.
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