Statement on Dame Laura Cox’s report into the Bullying and Harassment of House of Commons staff

The Palace of Westminster at night
15 October 2018

Statement on Dame Laura Cox’s report into the Bullying and Harassment of House of Commons staff.

UPDATE [18:30 - 15/10/18]

This morning (Monday October 15) Dame Laura Cox published her report into the Bullying and Harassment of House of Commons staff. Below is a statement from the House of Commons Executive Board:

Dame Laura Cox’s report makes difficult reading for all of us. Bullying and harassment have no place in the House of Commons and the Parliamentary Digital Service. We fully accept the need for change and, as a leadership team, are determined to learn lessons from the report. We apologise for past failings and are committed to changing our culture for the better.

As Dame Laura recognises, this will not be achieved overnight. We have already begun the process. There was an additional meeting of the Commons Executive Board earlier today and the House of Commons Commission will meet on Monday 22 October specifically to consider the report’s findings and identify next steps.

We are grateful to Dame Laura and to everyone who contributed to the Inquiry. This report will help ensure that positive change takes place.

To see a full copy of the report visit the Cloisters website here.

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