The Leader of the House announced that she supports a new inquiry into bullying in the House of Parliament following allegations first raised publicly in a film broadcast by BBC Newsnight last week.
Garry Graham, Prospect deputy general secretary said:
“Recent allegations about bullying and harassment of staff in the Houses of Parliament are extremely worrying and deserve to be treated with the utmost seriousness by the parliamentary authorities.
“We welcome the suggestion of an inquiry by the Leader of the House and the commitment to revisit and strengthen the Respect policy so that staff can be confident that they will be protected from this kind of behaviour in the future.
“As part of this inquiry it is vital there is proper involvement of the trade unions that represent staff working in the Houses of Parliament and that the views of staff are taken on board. We must have the most robust procedures in the future to make sure all staff are treated with the respect they deserve.”
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