John Bercow SUSPENDED from Labour Party after being found guilty of bullying in parliament

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The former Speaker for the House of Commons was found guilty of bullying by the standards watchdog earlier on Monday. A report published by the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) into the former Commons speaker’s conduct states Mr Bercow “has been a serial liar” and “a serial bully”.

It is understood Mr Bercow is administratively suspended from the Labour Party following the reports findings.

The PA news agency understands Mr Bercow is currently under investigation by the party. 

A decision on the future of his membership is set to follow the investigation.

The former Conservative MP switched to Labour two years after quitting as speaker in 2019.

The IEP backed a decision by parliamentary standards commissioner Kathryn Stone to uphold 21 allegations of bullying against Mr Bercow.

The allegations came from three complainants, all House staff at the time, relating to the period 2009 to 2014.

A report from the IEP said Mr Bercow “has been a serial liar” and “a serial bully”, and added his behaviour “fell very far below that which public has a right to expect from any member of parliament”.

Mr Bercow appealed against the commissioner’s findings to the independent panel, but it rejected appeals over bullying against Lord Lisvane, the former Commons clerk, Angus Sinclair and Kate Emms and accused him of an “abuse of power”.

Mr Bercow has responded to the reports findings, and called the investigation a “protracted, amateurish and unjust process”.

Denouncing the report as “a travesty of justice”, the former speaker added: “Parliament is supposed to be the highest court in the land.

“This inquiry, which lasted a ghastly 22 months at great cost to the taxpayer, has failed it dismally.

“At the end of it, the panel has simply said that I should be denied a parliamentary pass which I have never applied for and do not want. That is the absurdity of its position.

“Don’t fall for the establishment spin that I have been banned for life. I can still attend debates with the help of a friendly passholder or go as a member of the public.”

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