Bullying and Harassment of MPS’ Parliamentary Staff

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:56 pm on 17th July 2019.

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Photo of Eddie Hughes Eddie Hughes Conservative, Walsall North 4:56 pm, 17th July 2019

I recognise so much of what the hon. Gentleman is saying. He used the word “banter”—he was referring to the report—so I googled it, and it seems to imply some sort of friendly, playful exchange. However, the impacts that he is describing are far from friendly and playful. We should get away from the idea that abuse can sometimes be acceptable because it is casual.