UK Parliament's Bullying Problem

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the new leader of the House of Commons, promises ‘kindliness and generosity’ when dealing with harassment.

n the newly appointed leader of the House of Commons' in-tray are two damning reports: One published last October by former High Court judge Laura Cox, who found "a culture, cascading from the top down, of deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence, in which bullying, harassment and sexual harassment have been able to thrive and have long been tolerated and concealed." The other, published just a few weeks ago by senior lawyer Gemma White, found a "significant problem" of MPs bullying and harassing staff.

A year after a new system for airing grievances was bought in, parliamentary staffers, who spoke to POLITICO's EU Confidential podcast, said bullying and harassment is still an issue, and they have little confidence in the system.

In a statement for the podcast, Rees-Mogg said: "I hope to lead by example in demonstrating kindliness and generosity to all those in parliament. The brand new 'Valuing Everyone' training, which I am looking forward to undertaking, promises to be instructive to even the saintliest of members. I hope it proves popular."

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