Lords Conduct Committee publishes report into the conduct of Lord Stone of Blackheath
The House of Lords Conduct Committee has today published a report by Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, the independent House of Lords Commissioner for Standards, into the conduct of Lord Stone of Blackheath.
The report covers two separate complaints against Lord Stone. The Commissioner found that Lord Stone breached the Code of Conduct with behaviour that met the criteria for harassment related to the protected characteristics of religion and sex in one instance, and age and sex in another.
The new complaints about Lord Stone's behaviour were made to the Commissioner following her publication of a previous report in October 2019 which found he had breached the Parliamentary behaviour code by harassing complainants in relation to the protected characteristics of age, sex and gender reassignment. The new complaints related to behaviour which took place before the previous report had been published and before Lord Stone had begun a course of bespoke behaviour change training.
In publishing its report today the Conduct Committee support the Commissioner's recommendation that Lord Stone continue to take part in the behaviour change training and it should be adapted to reflect the specific aspects of the latest complaints. The Committee also say:
“We have also made clear that if Lord Stone were to commit further similar breaches of the Code in the future, the Committee would be inclined to apply a much more severe sanction.”
The Conduct Committee's full statement on its report and the report itself can be found online here.