Anti-Senedd Tory MP facing Commons suspension over ‘insincere apology for bullying’
An anti-Senedd MP is facing a one-day suspension from the House of Commons after being investigated by an anti-sleaze watchdog.
Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski is facing the sanction after being found to have broken the rules over an apology he gave for bullying parliamentary staff.
He previously served as a parliamentary aide to former Welsh Secretary David Jones, despite representing Shrewsbury and Atcham over the border.
The MP has been a vocal opponent of devolution and in 2020 called for the Senedd to be scrapped after complaining that Covid-19 restrictions were preventing him from going to the beach.
However, the closest beach to Shrewsbury, both by distance and travel duration, is in the Wirral rather than Wales.
The recommendation to suspend him has been made by the Commons Standards Committee and follows comments the MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham made before he said sorry last June.
He was found to have acted in a “threatening and intimidating manner” towards the complainants after he was unable to join a committee hearing because of technical problems.
‘Failed to comply’
But the committee found that interviews he gave with BBC Radio Shropshire and the Daily Mirror before he made the required statement in the Commons meant he had failed to comply as the apology was not “unequivocal”.
In the latest report published today, the committee said that Mr Kawczynski’s actions caused significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons.
The report states that: “Although he says he was sincere by the time he made the apology to the House, he had effectively undermined the sincerity of that apology by broadcasting the fact that he was making it because he was required to do so and he disagreed with the way the case had been conducted.
“Mr Kawczynski also broke confidentiality requirements about the content of the report before it was published and identifying complainants’ job descriptions on nine occasions in his radio interview.”
The committee also said that his actions had also undermined the ICGS (Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme) and risked causing further harm to the complainants in his original case.
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One day suspension. Your having a laugh.
Welsh people are letting their children and grandchildren down by still voting for English party’s in wales 🏴 it’s time for a new wales 🏴 start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴
Anyone who wants to deny our Senedd and devolution deserves a rather more permanent form of suspension involving a judge with a black cloth on his head.
Yes…. If English he’s a colonial arse…. If Welsh he’s a traitor.
I deal with child bullies often in my job as a teacher. Usually we can punish, get to the bottom of the bullying, put a stop to it and rehabilitate the child.
This man, however, is an adult with no excuse. Throw the book at him!
Arrogance, stupidity and bigotry produces an unpleasant effect when mixed with political power and the oxygen of publicity.
Polish man, born in Poland, speaks Polish with parents claims £22,000 expenses for Polish lessons.
Not just a fascist but a rather stupid fascist.
Agreed. Would have learnt more if he had taken a geography course
What a Conservative crook Daniel Kawczynski is. If it’s not intimidating his staff or dodgy claim for £20,000 for Polish lessons being a fluent Polish speaker, its his insincere apology over bullying his staff. And his punishment? One day suspension from England’s parliament. What a joke!
Is it no wonder this thug’s abolish our Senedd Cymru agenda failed spectacularly. Daniel Kawczynski being Polish born & bred should in my eyes be deported back to the land if his birth. Others have been removed for lesser crimes.
Kick all English party’s out of wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴 its time for a new wales 🏴 get the people in your town’s out voting for new wales 🏴
O dear I fancy a day off…. What to do? Oh I know I’ll get suspended for a day. Funny looking bully mind you…. Looks more like Willy Wimp.
Another one of the tribe who simply cannot imagine ever being wrong