Theresa May is “concerned” over reports of bullying of Commons staff by MPs – including Speaker John Bercow, a Downing Street spokesman said today.
But the PM has “confidence” in Bercow – who has denied any wrongdoing – to continue in his role, despite a BBC Newsnight report which claimed one female clerk suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after working for him.
“The report from Newsnight is concerning,” the spokesman said.
“The prime minister is clear there can be no place for bullying or harassment of any kind in Westminster.
“Everybody should be free to work in an environment that is safe and respectful. Any complaints that are made should be fully investigated.”
Kate Emms was appointed as the Speaker’s private secretary in mid-2010. She was signed off sick in early 2011, before resuming work in a new post elsewhere in Parliament in May 2011. She now…