House of Lords staff bullied and harassed, report finds

Category : UK News
Updated On : July 11, 2019 02:04 AM
By Indian Times Daily

A report into the culture in the House of Lords has found that staff were "bullied and harassed" by peers. An inquiry conducted by Naomi Ellenbogen QC said "unacceptable behaviour" by "known offenders" in the House of Lords had been tolerated. "The existence of this culture is unworthy of any institution," she wrote.

Lords Speaker Lord Fowler said "bullying and harassment" had no place in the House. The inquiry was launched in 2018 after allegations of bullying and harassment in Parliament hit the headlines.

Publishing her report, Ms Ellenbogen wrote: "The prevailing culture and behaviours in the House of Lords, as a place of work, have not been conducive to an open and supportive culture to ensure that all those working there are treated with dignity and respect. "Staff have bullied and harassed other staff. Members have bullied and harassed staff.

"On the whole, staff who have experienced bullying and harassment have tended not to complain, formally or otherwise, in the belief that nothing will happen and/or for fear of reprisal." She wrote there existed in the House of Lords "a culture of undue deference, fear and hierarchy that has put members and clerks at the top, and everyone else below".

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