‘Bullying’ Tory MP suspended for one day after breaking standard rules

Daniel Kawczynski, Conservative MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham
Daniel Kawczynski, Conservative MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham (Picture: Rex)

The Commons Standards Committee has recommended Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski should be suspended from the Commons for one day after he was found to have breached rules for MPs over an apology he gave over an earlier breach of the rules.

In June last year, he was asked to apologise in the House of Commons for breaching the ‘bullying and harassment’ policy in relation to Parliament staff, which he did.

The standards committee said today, however, that ‘before making his apology, Mr Kawczynski gave an interview on BBC Radio Shropshire and spoke to a journalist at the Daily Mirror, which led to an article appearing online.

‘The comments he made in the interview, and those attributed to him in the article, led the Chair of the IEP to make a formal complaint to the Commissioner that Mr Kawczynski appeared to have breached the ICGS confidentiality requirements, by identifying the complainants, and had failed to comply with the recommended sanction which required an “unequivocal” apology.’

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