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Bercow must use his final weeks as speaker to implement real protections for parliament’s staff

Harassment and bullying complaints against MPs require a new independent system

By Hannah White  


John Bercow has just a few weeks left to address a crucial issue that has over-shadowed his speakership—the bullying and harassment of House of Commons staff by MPs.

There now seems little chance that the multiple bullying allegations against the speaker himself—which he denies—will ever be investigated. The possibility of an investigation by the parliamentary commissioner for standards was ruled out by MPs on the Commons Standards Committee on a technicality,…

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