The Speaker in the House of Commons, John Bercow, will not be further investigated by the standards watchdog over the scenario in which he described the cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom as a “stupid woman”.
The Conservative MP James Duddridge, a long-standing critic of Bercow, had ordered for the standards commissioner to inquiry the video and audio footage of the alleged incident in the Commons chamber before it would be destroyed.
Kathryn Stone, the commissioner, surrendered from investigating the alleged conduct because according to parliamentary rules it’s the Speaker’s responsibility to rule on behavior in the chamber.
The incident related to an inquiry into allegations Bercow bullied two former private secretaries, Angus Sinclair and Kate Emms, accused of having said that Leadsom was a “stupid woman”, and swearing before describing her as “useless”, prompting Downing Street which was unacceptable.
The Commons standards committee voted three to two against allowing parliament’s watchdog to investigate the allegations,
An allegation of misconduct in public office against the Speaker is being Suspected by the police.
“It is ludicrous that bullying allegations cannot be investigated because they are seven years old, because a non-disclosure agreement was signed, because it was in the chamber, because it was a current member of staff or because the person bullied is so traumatized. Enough is enough”, said Duddridge.