Saturday, 19 October, 2019

Commons Speaker John Bercow dismisses fresh bullying claims

John Bercow left was prone to “over-the-top anger” says Angus Sinclair John Bercow left was prone to “over-the-top anger” says Angus SinclairLEON NEAL CHRIS JACKSON
Patty Aguilar | 03 May, 2018, 10:13

- Some lawmakers are urging the speaker of Britain's House of Commons to resign after a former employee accused him of bullying.

The ex-commander of the Portsmouth-based aircraft carrier Illustrious said: 'The idea that Angus was bullied is just unconscionable and outrageous.

'It is a matter for Parliament to decide how to proceed, but the latest allegations are concerning and should be properly investigated'.

'I am determined to stamp out all forms of bullying and harassment in Parliament, and separate to these allegations, I encourage any member of House staff who has experienced mistreatment to provide their confidential testimony to Dame Laura Cox'.

He was given a £86,000 pay-off and claims he had to sign a non-disclosure agreement about his departure to "cover up" the abuse. Mr Bercow has strenuously denied the claims.

He said the clerk of the House had explained that such agreements between the Commons and staff were "not nondisclosure agreements" and "do not in any way seek to prevent disclosure of wrongdoing on public interest grounds, i.e., whistleblowing".

The Speaker's former private secretary Angus Sinclair told BBC2's Newsnight that Bercow had mimicked him, swearing and shouting, once smashing a mobile phone on the desk in front of him.

An independent judge-led inquiry is being conducted into claims of bullying at Westminster, but it will examine the working "culture" in the Commons and not investigate individual cases or reopen past complaints.

In early March, Newsnight spoke to dozens of female Westminister staff who also described "aggressive and threatening behaviour" by Bercow.

The Phoenix Suns make National Basketball Association history with league-first hiring
His first job in the United States was as Jazz head coach Quin Snyder's assistant when he was on the Missouri bench in 1999. He succeeds interim coach Jay Triano , who took over after Earl Watson was sacked three games into the season.

Polls Open For Local Elections Across England
Residents who haven't submitted a postal vote will need to place their vote by visiting their assigned polling station. An easy way to know if you are registered is if you have received a polling card which gives you confirmation.

Australia: Tourists Warned After Kangaroo Attacks Over Fast Food
Lewis said the presence of tourists was generally positive as it tended to make the animals safer but more education was needed. Piper said the tourism genie was out of the bottle with the "day trip" now being advertised on major tourism websites.

The former private secretary said Mr Bercow was prone to "over-the-top anger", adding: 'I'm not sure he was completely in control of it.

The Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, a long-time critic of Bercow, said he should consider his position in the wake of the fresh allegations. The arms would wave around'.

"I think at a time when we are looking for culture change in the House of Commons with regard to bullying and harassment, I think it's very hard if the head of the organisation is mired in these allegations".

Mr Bercow is already facing separate bullying allegations from Mr Sinclair's successor, Kate Emms.

"There was lots of unhealthy language and out of the blue his cell phone, which he'd been holding, was flung on the desk in entrance of me and broke into lots of bits".

"Yes, it breaks that non-disclosure agreement, but it's the truth".

"What I'd done was sign a cover-up and, in a cynical way, I'd been paid to do it, and that's not a good feeling", he said.

Bercow's office said Wednesday that the speaker "strenuously denies" the allegations.

Later Bercow told MPs: "I have a superb team of dedicated, effective, and long-serving staff, five of whom have served me for a collective total of over 40 years".

Recommended

  • Steam Adds Controller Support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

    Steam Adds Controller Support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

    Steam Switch Pro Controller Support is the latest in a long line of console controllers being added to the platform. The Controller Settings page is the same menu that allows users to enable PS4 and Xbox One controller support.
    Jazz try to slow Harden in Game 2 after Game 1 rout

    Jazz try to slow Harden in Game 2 after Game 1 rout

    And there's probably a lot of things he's suggesting that we need to look at doing, some of which we probably are. Jae Crowder continued to hit threes, making three of his six attempts en route to 15 points.

    General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) Ratings Summary on May 2, 2018

    Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 369,878 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,479,394.30. Telemus Capital LLC purchased a new position in shares of Ford Motor during the 4th quarter valued at about $1,257,000.
  • Xi-Modi summit broke 'new ground': China

    Xi-Modi summit broke 'new ground': China

    During the meeting, Modi and Xi agreed that a peaceful border between the countries was a key to keep a good bilateral relationship.

    Volatile Movement - Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL)

    The stock, as of last close, traded 17.11% away to its 52 week low and was at a distance of -14.10% from its 52 week high. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Delta Air Lines by 205.8% during the fourth quarter.
    What Are Analysts Report About Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC)

    What Are Analysts Report About Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC)

    The stock of Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) has "Overweight" rating given on Friday, October 30 by Atlantic Securities. Advisory Services Network Llc decreased Fidelity (FMAT) stake by 21,540 shares to 73,060 valued at $2.56M in 2017Q4.
  • Reinforcements lead Sharks to 4-0 victory over Knights

    Reinforcements lead Sharks to 4-0 victory over Knights

    Thornton took part in line rushes with Pavelski and Barclay Goodrow, who was possibly serving. Wednesday morning, he had been labeled a game-time decision by Sharks coach Pete DeBoer.
    Explosion and fire reported during SWAT standoff in North Haven

    Explosion and fire reported during SWAT standoff in North Haven

    Authorities are investigating a possible explosion in North Haven, Connecticut, according to a law enforcement official. Residents posted messages on the North Haven Police's Facebook page that the explosion shook their homes.
    UT President DiPietro Fires Chancellor Beverly Davenport With Scathing Letter

    UT President DiPietro Fires Chancellor Beverly Davenport With Scathing Letter

    Davenport will become a member of the faculty in the College of Communication and Information, according to UT President Dr. Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport has been forced out and will be reassigned to a faculty position this summer.
  • North Korea keeps China in diplomatic loop

    North Korea keeps China in diplomatic loop

    President Donald Trump is hinting there soon may be an update on the three Americans being held captive in North Korea. He died six days after being released and sent back to the United States in a coma last June.
    Mariners' James Paxton Strikes Out 16 For New MLB Season High

    Mariners' James Paxton Strikes Out 16 For New MLB Season High

    The All-Star Tour will be hosted in Tokyo ( Tokyo Dome ), Hiroshima (Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium) and Nagoya (Nagoya Dome). The Mariners will be facing the Oakland A's in a two-game series called The 2019 Japan Opening series March 20-21st.
    Two Rangers directors resign as club seeks new manager

    Two Rangers directors resign as club seeks new manager

    Rangers have progressed steadily since the club's liquidation in 2012, winning three promotions in four years to return to the top flight. "It's more to do with the fact that if you have more money to pay them, the better players they will come".

Central African Republic: Bangui hit by violence, pastor killed Central African Republic: Bangui hit by violence, pastor killed Hospital sources said at least 16 people died, including a priest and a child, while 96 people were being treated for wounds. According to the publication, the clash of security forces and militias broke out around 11:30, and ended in the evening.

China's foreign minister in North Korea on rare visit China's foreign minister in North Korea on rare visit Almost 30 percent said Moon's hop over the border at Kim's impromptu suggestion was the most impressive moment of the summit. Reuters went on to report that the usa government was looking into reports that the hostages have been relocated.

Jason Garrett Wants Jason Witten to Play in 2018 Jason Garrett Wants Jason Witten to Play in 2018 The biggest wave to come from draft weekend for the Dallas Cowboys may not be any player selected inside their home stadium. And from what it sounds like, the offer was one of those either you couldn't refuse or one you shouldn't refuse.

1.39 is Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp's (NYSE:MNR) Institutional Investor Sentiment Finally, Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. increased its stake in Monmouth Real Estate Investment by 90.2% during the 4th quarter. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock.

Algeria summons Morocco ambassador over Western Sahara comments Algeria summons Morocco ambassador over Western Sahara comments He said Hezbollah sent its first supply of weaponry to the Polisario last month, prompting Morocco's decision to cut ties. Morocco said that Iran was supporting efforts to convert Moroccans, who are predominantly Sunni, to Shiite Islam.

Blast at north London Jewish festival, some 30 injured Blast at north London Jewish festival, some 30 injured Video posted to the internet showed dozens of people standing around the bonfire which was reportedly soaked in oil. London Fire Brigade said it had responded to several other bonfires throughout the night, according to the BBC .

Truck drops thousands of dollars on Indiana highway Truck drops thousands of dollars on Indiana highway Perrine says an undetermined amount remains unaccounted for, likely due to other drivers pulling over and picking up "free" money. People in the area rushed to the scene to stuff their pockets with cash, Fox 59 reported, citing police.

Elizabeth Olsen Wishes Her 'Avengers: Infinity War' Costume Wasn't So Cleavage-y Elizabeth Olsen Wishes Her 'Avengers: Infinity War' Costume Wasn't So Cleavage-y No, Elizabeth Olsen has a bone to pick with the look Scarlet Witch rocks, and it is one fans can not fault her for. Everyone has these things that cover them-Tessa Thompson does, Scarlett does.

Chicago Cubs beat Colorado Rockies; Luke Farrell earns first big-league win Chicago Cubs beat Colorado Rockies; Luke Farrell earns first big-league win Yu Darvish once again struggled and he failed to go five innings. "Offensively, I thought that Anderson just threw really well". Anthony Rizzo drove Gray's first pitch of the night - a 94 miles per hour fastball - into the seats in left field.

Police release officer body-camera video from Las Vegas mass shooting Police release officer body-camera video from Las Vegas mass shooting Officers are seen at the door of the gunman's suite, as a voice on the radio says: "Breach". Paddock was found inside the suite with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Joint report on press freedom in United States details worsening media environment Joint report on press freedom in United States  details worsening media environment Therefore, the safety of journalists must be guaranteed, and press freedom must be strengthened. A version of this article appears in print on May 03, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

Lightning strike quickly; beat Bruins, 4-1 Lightning strike quickly; beat Bruins, 4-1 He nearly secured a hat trick later in the period, but even his first two tallies would have been enough to beat Boston. The Bruins were left searching for the energy in the building that had dissipated since Rancourt ran off the ice.

McHappy Day unites thousands of Canadians across the country McHappy Day unites thousands of Canadians across the country Nearly one year after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, 10-year-old Kaiden Finley is giving back to those that helped him and his family.

Kensington Palace Celebrates 3rd Birthday of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge Kensington Palace Celebrates 3rd Birthday of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge Charlotte is also expected to be a flower girl at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle . The princess has a reputation for being feisty compared to her older brother Prince George .

Patten & Patten Has Boosted Wal (WMT) Stake; Hilltop Holdings Has 1.03 Sentiment Goldman Sachs raised shares of Walmart from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. The institutional investors in our database now hold: 53.11 million shares, up from 52.43 million shares in 2017Q3.