Chief Whip Emails: Keep Your Hands Off the Staff Code of Conduct is “Entirely Voluntary”

The Nigel Evans case will have lasting repercussions it seems:

Dear Colleague,

From time to time, colleagues approach me for guidance in terms of handling grievances which may have arisen in the course of their employing staff.

The Prime Minister has therefore asked me to draw up a code of conduct and grievance procedure which you may be interested in adopting within your office, mindful that Members’ staff are employed directly by the Member. Adoption is entirely voluntary for colleagues and copies of the code of conduct and the grievance procedure are available either by emailing gcwo@parliament.uk or by writing to me, c/o the Government Chief Whip’s Office.

We intend to undertake a review of the code and procedure in early 2015. Meanwhile, the 1922 Committee are continuing to develop their own ideas for the best form of grievance procedure, which they are hoping to bring forward shortly and these will also form part of the review.

Chief Whip


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No prizes for guessing who Andrea Leadsom is talking about:

“As you said last week, Mr Speaker, we have a responsibility to safeguard the rights of this House and as Leader of the House I seek to do exactly that, treating all members of parliament with courtesy and respect. I hope and expect all Honourable and Right Honourable members to do likewise.”

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