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Allegations currently under investigation by the Commissioner

The Commissioner looks at evidence that individual MPs may have broken the Rules of Conduct. He will find out the facts and make a decision. The fact that an inquiry is taking place does not mean that the rules have been broken. Once an inquiry has finished the Commissioner decides whether or not an MP has broken the rules. Once he has decided, the Commissioner’s decision and evidence received during the course of t inquiry will be published on one of the following webpages;

  • Allegations the Commissioner has not upheld,
  • Allegations the Commissioner has rectified,
  • Allegations reported to the Standards Committee.

Outside of the information published on these webpages, the Commissioner and his office will not comment on the details of an inquiry. The below table shows the inquiries the Commissioner is conducting, with the oldest case at the top of the table.

Name of MP Relevant paragraph of the Code of Conduct  Matter under investigation

Ms Margaret Ferrier MP

(opened 12 October 2022)

Paragraph 11

Paragraph 17

Conflict between private interests and the public interest
Actions causing significant damage to the reputation of the House as a whole, or of its Members generally

Rt Hon. Mr Christopher Pincher MP

(opened 20 October 2022)

Paragraph 17

Actions causing significant damage to the reputation of the House as a whole, or of its Members generally
Mr Steve Brine MP
(opened 15 March 2023)

Paragraph 12

Paragraph 14

Paid advocacy
Declaration of an interest


Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS)

Full details regarding the scheme is available here.

The Commissioner has oversight of investigations conducted under the ICGS. He is the decision-maker for investigations into allegations of harassment, bullying or sexual misconduct by MPs from current or former members of the parliamentary community.

The Commissioner does not publish information about current individual ICGS complaints.

Further information

The Independent Expert Panel (IEP) determines appeals and sanctions in cases where complaints have been brought against MPs of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct under the ICGS.