Parliament’s watchdog: Keith Vaz should be ashamed of bullying behavior

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Former Labor MP Keith Vaz should never reclaim a former MP’s pass after being convicted of “sustained and unpleasant bullying, with real and lasting psychological impact” on the victim.

A group of independent experts discovered that he had violated the House of Commons policy on bullying and harassment with his actions, which led to a clerk quitting her job.

Sir Stephen Irwin, President of the IEP, said: “The conduct of the Respondent towards the Complainant was hostile, sustained, prejudicial and unworthy of a Member of Parliament. He should be ashamed of his behavior.

The IEP delivered its verdict on Mr. Vaz, chairman of the Commons internal affairs committee from July 2007 to September 2016, following complaints from the committee’s second clerk.

The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner found that Mr Vaz had, on several occasions between July 2007 and October 2008, violated the policy on bullying and harassment in his interactions with the complainant.

A sub-group of the Group of Independent Experts has been appointed to determine the sanction to be imposed.

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Mr. Vaz allegedly communicated “in no way” with the subcommittee.

The subcommittee “carefully considered” allegations by Mr. Vaz’s medical adviser that he was too ill to participate in his proceedings.

A review was carried out on the public media and the current political activity of the former MP.

The subcommittee concluded that they had no doubts that he had health problems, but felt that “there was no good basis” for concluding that these health problems prevented him from engaging. .

The subcommittee concluded that, if Mr. Vaz currently held a Commons pass as a former MP, it would have been appropriate to withdraw it.

He added that his eligibility to hold a former MP’s pass should never be reinstated.

Sir Stephen Irwin, President of the IEP said: “The subcommittee concluded that the Respondent’s misconduct represented sustained and unpleasant intimidation, with real and lasting psychological impact; and that this led the Complainant to quit her career in the House of Commons. He concluded that if he currently held a House of Commons pass as a former MP, it would have been appropriate to withdraw it. His eligibility to hold a former MP’s pass should never be reinstated.

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