Bercow Bullying Inquiry Blockers

These are the three MPs on the Commons standards committee who blocked an investigation into John Bercow’s bullying. Tories Christopher Chope and John Stevenson and Labour’s Kate Green voted to prevent the standards commissioner Kathryn Stone from launching an inquiry into the Speaker, following a complaint by Andrew Bridgen. The Times reports that a majority of the six lay members on the committee backed an investigation, but only MPs get a vote. Bridget Phillipson and Gary Streeter backed a probe but were outvoted by the three blockers above. 

This is a peak example of the problem with MPs on the standards committee marking their own homework. Bercow faces bullying allegations from multiple victims – Kate Emms, David Leakey, Angus Sinclair and Robert Rogers – the lay members say he should be investigated, and yet the politicians who have known the Speaker for years let him off the hook. Makes a mockery of parliament’s claims to be reforming how it deals with bullying…

Some Shadow Equalities Ministers More Equal Than Others

Here is Cat Smith, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities:

And here is Kate Green, who is, er, also Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities:

And who’s this? Kate Osamor, who has also just been appointed as Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities:

It turns out some Shadow Equalities ministers are more equal than others: Green gets to attend Cabinet but Osamor and Smith don’t. Perhaps two Kates and a Cat left Jezza a bit confused?

Labour Shadow Minister Present at Failed Commons Invasion

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Yesterday’s lame attempt to storm the Commons by protestors did not get very far, but has upset MPs no end. After disability campaigners tried to force their way into the chamber during PMQs, Central Lobby was locked down. The Men in Tights are reviewing security, and there is lots of harrumphing about the direct action being beyond the pale.

So, odd then that Labour’s Shadow Disability Minister was front and centre of the action. What exactly was Kate Green doing yesterday, because the cameras clearly show her not trying very hard to stop the invasion. Awkward…

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