UK By Chris Cook and Lucinda Day BBC Newsnight 8 March 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43338305 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Warning: this report includes strong languageThere is a bullying and sexual harassment problem at the House of Commons. Women face greater obstacles holding jobs in the engine room of our … [Read more...] about Harassment at the House of Commons
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JOHN Bercow was re-elected following the 2017 general election as the Speaker of the House of Commons and has been in the job for nine years. But he faces a police investigation amid allegations he bullied staff at the Houses of Parliament. Here's what we know... Who is John Bercow? John Bercow, 55, grew up in Finchley, North London, where his local MP was Margaret Thatcher. He was a youth tennis champion once ranked number one in Britain, but his asthma and short stature stopped him pursuing a professional career. As a student activist in the far-right Monday Club, Bercow was in favour of a program of "assisted repatriation" of immigrants. He has since distanced himself from the organisation and dismissed his views at the time as "bone headed". Bercow worked in banking and lobbying and ran a speaking and campaigning course that trained future Tory MPs. He was elected as a Conservative councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth in 1986. Eleven years later he secured the safe Tory … [Read more...] about Who is John Bercow, what are the bullying and sexism claims and how long has he been Speaker of the House of Commons?
0 Have your say You can say one thing for the Royal Wedding. It provided the ideal cover for Theresa May to slip out “bad news” about more peers for the House of Lords. The Prime Minister used the Royals’ happy day to appoint nine more Tories, along with new Labour, DUP and crossbench members, presumably to buy support for her beleaguered Brexit Bill and others still to reach the Upper House. So just as lefties and Remain voters were starting to warm to the Lords after their 15 acts of rebellion on the customs union, the Irish border and removing the precise date from Brexit legislation, the ineffectual essence of the second chamber has been cruelly revealed. Their ladyships and lordships can cavil for all they’re worth, but the Prime Minister has the legislative means to pack in more peers and dilute discontent without substantial objection from the other side. Three peerages were craftily shoved Labour’s way as well, prompting complaints from … [Read more...] about Lesley Riddoch: End of the peer show for the House of Lords? Not yet
John Bercow is facing fresh allegations of “bullying” as a former member of his staff said the Speaker of the House of Commons had subjected him to angry outbursts and obscene language. Angus Sinclair, a former private secretary to the Speaker, said the alleged behaviour of Mr Bercow left him feeling as if the “dignity had been removed” from his role. Mr Bercow faced calls in March to resign after similar allegations were made against him. Mr Bercow has denied all allegations of bullying. Mr Sinclair told the BBC’s Newsnight programme that he had been subjected to mimicry, felt undermined and that on one occasion he had a mobile phone smashed on the desk in front of him. He said he was paid £86,250... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the … [Read more...] about John Bercow faces new allegations of bullying an aide
It's Friday and it's been a big week of news. Just today, the DNC announced they're suing Trump, WikiLeaks, and the entire country of Russia, memos were released from James Comey that depict interactions with Trump, and the inspector general's report on McCabe has been sent to the U.S. Attorney for potential criminal charges. In Friday's regular update on elections, the competition to be the next Speaker of the House and Senator from California has been intense, but on one thing Congress seems to mostly agree-war against Syria. Jacqueline Luqman and Abdus Luqman, the co-editors-in-chief of Luqman Nation, join the show. All around the world, whistleblowers who expose the misdeeds of the rich and powerful are persecuted, but many countries have also adopted legislation to offer them some form of protection. Brian and Walter speak with Loud & Clear co-host John Kiriakou,who has … [Read more...] about Theater of the Absurd: DNC Sues Russia, WikiLeaks, and Trump Campaign