Labour MP Liam Byrne has been handed a two-day suspension by the Commons’ Independent Expert Panel for bullying a member of his constituency staff:
The sub-panel concluded that Mr Byrne should make a written apology to the complainant and undertake training and other actions to address the causes of his behaviour and the weaknesses in the management of his office. However, this was not sufficient sanction to address the seriousness of this case. They therefore also recommended that he be suspended from the service of the House for two sitting days. Mr Byrne has accepted the sub-panel’s decision.
This is hardly surprising for someone who’s been notoriously difficult to work for ever since he was a minister. Thanfully any further staff can avoid Byrne’s wrath by following the simple instructions below:
Did his member of constituency office staff accidentally bring him a latte?
Labour Peer Lord Pendry has been handed a week’s suspension by the House of Lords’ conduct committee, which found him to have bullied a member of security staff to the point of being “physically shaken and unnerved” after he berated them for trying to escort an un-passed guest whom the Lord had left unattended. As the security guard recounts:
“In the course of carrying out my duties in the east division HOL, I discovered a paper pass holder. I dealt with the pass holder in a polite manner and escorted [them] to a toilet in lower waiting. On the pass holder being returned to [their host, thought all was good I returned to my post.
But at approximately 1800hrs a peer unknown at the time, approached me grabbing my radio demanding to know my name. This incident was witnessed (KL], Door keeper, who assisted me. I called for support.
This whole incident left me physically shaken and unnerved. I submit this to you and thank you. This all took place on the 6/7/21.”
The incident above was in fact Lord Pendry’s second altercation with parliamentary security, with the standards committee also investigating an incident last year in which Pendry himself lost his pass and when confronted by security trying to get on the estate called the guard “a fool”, “stupid” and at that point said “this is f***ing ridiculous”. At this time the Commissioner found there was not enough corroborative evidence to establish a breach of the rules on the balance of probabilities…
Lindsay Hoyle denied that he was personally bullied by John Bercow during an LBC Marr interview last night, in the wake of last week’s damning report into his predecessor’s conduct. Hoyle denied reading the report in full, having only caught the headlines, though admitted their relationship had become “tense” at times. Sounds like he avoided having anything thrown at him…
Sadiq Khan has a new plan to tackle violence against women and girls. Taking to the airwaves this morning he announced that relationship education will be crucial in challenging sexism and reducing harassment of women, with kids as young as four expected to receive the lessons. The main plank pushed by the mayor this morning is getting men to call out harassing and abusive behaviour when they see their mates perpetuating it:
Male violence against women and girls starts with words.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 14, 2022
It’s a shame that Sadiq and his remainer mates couldn’t find it within themselves to call time on Bercow after he’d been accused of bullying, harassment and sexism. In 2018 minister Claire Perry accused Bercow of sexism, accusing him of having a “woman problem”, and followed Andrea Leadsom publicly calling him out for describing her as a “stupid woman”. Did Sadiq condemn him? No, he lavished praise on him a year later when he announced his retirement.
Time and again John Bercow has shown courage and conviction in his role as the champion of our Parliamentary democracy – and rarely has it been more sorely needed. I wish him all the best for the future. https://t.co/U06QoDB5RN
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) September 9, 2019
In 2009, Sadiq Khan boasted of backing him to be speaker of the Commons, despite Bercow telling the Telegraph nine years prior that female MPs’ complaints about sexism in Parliament were “a defence mechanism against their own inadequacy. You don’t find the competent attractive ones like Yvette Cooper moaning on about sexism.” Sadiq’s also stayed oddly quiet on Bercow since last week’s verdict. Remember men, call out sexism – as long as they’re not on your side of the political aisle…
John Bercow has flown off the Richter scale after the Commons’ Independent Expert Panel found him guilty of bullying, in a damning report published just now. The Mail was the first to report that today would be D-Day for the former Speaker, and Bercow clearly tried getting on the front foot with his press team sending a pre-emptive spin email to Guido an hour ago accusing the process of being a “travesty of justice rooted in spite and hearsay”. Other choice phrases from Bercow include: shambolic, disgrace, cowardly, blatant stich up and beneath contempt.”
John was keen to set the record straight among reports the bullying investigation would recommend he be banned from the parliamentary estate. This is not the case, however, as Bercow stresses:
“At the end of it, the panel has simply said that I should be denied a parliamentary pass which I have never applied for and do not want. That is the absurdity of its position… Don’t fall for the Establishment spin that I have been banned for life. I can still attend debates with the help of a friendly passholder or go as a member of the public.”
The report states that, “had he still been a Member of Parliament, we would have determined that he should be expelled by resolution of the House. As it is, we recommend that he should never be permitted a pass to the Parliamentary estate.”
The report is completely damning, calling Bercow a “serial bully” who “repeatedly and extensively” bullied staff. It calls him a “serial bully” and a “serial liar”. Read the report in full yourself below:
The parliamentary authorities are today introducing the latest flimsy attempt to deal with bad behaviour by estate passholders, with a new “it’s not OK” card aimed at giving a warning to those contravening the behaviour code. According to details seen by Guido, the “‘it’s not OK’ cards are part of a trial to help our colleagues when they are facing difficult scenarios at work”, with the aims of:
The cards are being introduced on a trial for the next few months. Rob Roberts jokes in the new intake Whatsapp group, “Who’s going to be the first to get a “naughty card”?”. Who indeed…
UPDATE: Less than 12 hours later, Guido understands the scheme has now been suspended pending further review…