14 Jun Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski told to apologise for acting in a ‘threatening and intimidating’ manner towards parliamentary staff | Politics News
Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski should apologise in the Commons for acting in a “threatening and intimidating” manner towards parliamentary committee staff, an Independent Expert Panel report has said.
Its report said the incident happened in April 2020 when the MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham was unable to join a committee hearing due to technical issues.
At the time, Parliament was adapting to new remote working arrangements during the first COVID-19 lockdown.
The IEP, which determines appeals and sanctions in bullying cases, said Mr Kawczynski should make a public apology in front of MPs.
Chairman Sir Stephen Irwin said: “We accept that the circumstances which arose on April 27 2020 were difficult.
“But they were difficult for everyone. Whilst we fully grasp that the life of an MP can be highly pressurised, these responsibilities and stresses do not justify a loss of courtesy, an exaggerated sense of importance or entitlement, or bullying.
“Our conclusion is that the determination of a requirement to make a public apology on the floor of the House is proper and proportionate.”