John Bercow investigation blocked by MP standards committee


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An investigation into allegations of bullying by Generals Speaker John Bercow has been voted against by a committee of MPs.

The burgees committee voted by three to two that Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone should not put off the investigation.

It followed a complaint by an MP “in relation to the conduct of the Speaker”.

Mr Bercow’s bit has rejected all the claims.

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Responding to the standards committee’s vote, his spokeswoman swayed: “The Speaker notes the committee’s conclusions.”

The Speaker’s former private secretary, Angus Sinclair, has signified Mr Bercow shouted and swore at him, and attempted to physically intimidate him.

He said the Keynoter would undermine him in front of other staff, mimic him and, on one occasion, Mr Bercow smashed a phone on his desk.

A spokesman for Mr Bercow has judged there is “no substance” to the allegations.

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After the allegations were aired on the BBC’s Newsnight programme, Downing Terrace described them as “concerning” and said they should be properly examined.

The standards committee ruled that the matter was within the remit of the commissioner, but decisive that an investigation should not be initiated.

Under Parliamentary rules, the board is consulted before the commissioner launches an investigation where allegations date stand behind more than seven years.

“The committee would expect to authorise such researches only in exceptional circumstances,” the rules state.

Minutes of the committee’s union show that the three MPs opposing an investigation were Conservatives Sir Christopher Chope and John Stevenson, and Harp on’s Kate Green.

Gary Streeter (Conservative) and Labour’s Bridget Phillipson were in be partial to of an inquiry.

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