FORMER Speaker John Bercow has been branded a ‘serial bully and liar’ in a landmark probe.
The former MP and Commons chair has been banned from holding a Parliamentary pass after a string of damning allegations were upheld against him.
Years of bad behaviour – ignored by diehard remainers so he could try stop Brexit – have now finally been revealed.
Mr Bercow has now also joined the Labour party under Sir Keir Starmer.
The IEP sub-panel chaired by Sir Stephen Irwin found that:
“The ICGS Bullying and Harassment Policy was breached repeatedly and extensively by the most senior Member of the House of Commons.
2In all, 21 separate allegations were proved and have been upheld. The House may feel that his conduct brought the high office of Speaker into disrepute.
“This was behaviour which had no place in any workplace. Members of staff in the House should not be expected to have to tolerate it as part of everyday life.”
But last night he threw out the claims as desperate “tittle tattle” and described the probe as as “amateurish”.
In a statement, he said: “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.
“All I can say is that the case against me would have been thrown out by any court in the land since it is based on the flimsiest of evidence, rooted in hearsay and baseless rumour, and advanced by old school dogmatists once intent on resisting change at all costs and now settling some ancient scores with me. Add to that a dash of personal spite and you have some idea of the vengeful vendetta mounted against me.
“It is a travesty of justice and brings shame on the House of Commons.
“This has been a protracted, amateurish and unjust process which would not have survived five minutes’ scrutiny in court. To describe what I have experienced as a kangaroo court is grossly insulting to kangaroos. None of the investigators is a lawyer and the commissioner overseeing them has no expertise whatsoever in the consideration of alleged bullying.
“Throughout, gossip from absent friends of the complainants has been treated as the absolute truth whilst eyewitnesses who challenged the allegations were described as ‘not helpful’ and discounted. The commissioner even presumed to make findings on matters about which I was never questioned.”