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Anti-Senedd Tory MP faces Parliament ban over ‘insincere’ apology for ‘bullying’

11 Nov 2021 3 minutes Read
Daniel Kawczynski speaking in the House of Commons

An anti-Senedd Tory MP is facing a ban from Parliament for an “insincere” apology after he was found guilty of bullying by a sleaze watchdog.

Daniel Kawczynski, who has called for the Senedd to be scrapped, was ordered to say sorry by Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone after he was found to have ranted at parliamentary staffers.

He later apologised in the House of Commons for the way he treated its staff members when he could not join a virtual meeting, which included making baseless complaints about them when drunk.

However, on the same day he made the apology he admitted that he did not mean it and that he was only going through the motions to avoid a Commons suspension.

As a result of this Kawczynski is under investigation again by the Standards Commissioner for the second time in five months.

He has been accused of “actions causing significant damage to the reputation of the House”. This time around he faces a more severe punishment if he is found to have breached the MPs’ Code of Conduct. A ruling on by the Commissioner on Kawczynski is expected shortly.

The Shrewsbury MP made repeated complaints to the support staff who were trying to help him after he was unable to join in a committee meeting by video link in April 2020.

This included phoning a member of the committee staff telling him “you are useless” and branding him part of the “snowflake generation”.

In an “inappropriate” attempt to make a ‘meritless complaint’ about them, he later he rang one of the committee workers’ managers “whilst under the influence of alcohol”, and he was found to have acted in a “threatening and intimidating manner”.

‘Abuse of power’

The Standards Commissioner concluded that his behaviour amounted to bullying and was made worse by his “abuse of power” and a “lack of contrition”.

The Independent Expert Panel, which decides on sanctions in bullying cases ordered him to make an apology because of his conduct.

In his appeal against the judgement, which was rejected, he claimed that he faced “serious difficulties” in his constituency. He put these down to a a flooding crisis, as well as his 6ft 9in height, which makes him the tallest MP.

He argued that his height makes him “very conspicuous” and he claimed that he had come under “repeated attack by members of the public”.

In his public apology on the floor of the House of Commons, he said: “I did not swear nor raise my voice but my behaviour led to two complaints.

“I have reflected on my behaviour, I accept it constituted bullying and as such was entirely inexcusable.”

However, on the very same day he told BBC Radio Shropshire: “I must apologise because if I don’t apologise then I risk the option of being sanctioned further – namely being suspended from the House of Commons or expelled from the House of Commons.”

He also told a national newspaper that making the apology was “something I am going to have to do”.

He said that he would “use the script he had been provided”. But he has denied that this meant he was doing it “with his fingers crossed behind his back”.

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j humphrys
j humphrys
16 days ago

Drunk and disasterly. Please let this be the last on him?

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
16 days ago

The level of Tory sleaze and corruption goes deeper than the farthest level of hell itself.

If it’s not buying Wales by threatening to remove our democratically voted Senedd, Daniel Kawczynski is intimidating parliamentary staffers . He’s pure filth and rotten to his very core.

And if voters in his constituency don’t kick this pile of detritus out of office the next General Election are aiding & abetting a verbal abuser.

Paul
Paul
16 days ago

The real ‘snowflakes’ are those who cannot cope with any viewpoint that strays from the right wing establishment view. They attack anything short of blind obedience to their narrative as ‘woke’.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
15 days ago
Reply to  Paul

He is a far right extremist, he had shown his true colours like all bullies and he probably uses his height to intimidate others, the man who punches down is a very poor man indeed. He is a in good company in the Tory party. Question to many in middle England, why do you keep voting for these self serving tories, is it like political crack cocaine, you know it is bad for you but can’t give it up?

CJPh
CJPh
16 days ago

If anyone looks to MPs across the dyke as an example of why Wales couldn’t handle her own affairs, point them to this article. What a piece of work.

Grayham Jones
16 days ago

Stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
16 days ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

Yawn!!

O Rob
O Rob
15 days ago

B****rd o ddyn – dim angen deud mwy

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