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MP who wanted Welsh Parliament scrapped told to apologise for ‘intimidatory’ behaviour

14 Jun 2021 2 minutes Read
Daniel Kawczynski. Picture by Richard Townshend (CC BY 3.0).

An MP who has been a vocal critic of Welsh devolution has been told to apologise in the House of Commons after he was found to have intimidated staff and behaved threateningly towards them.

Parliament’s standards commissioner, Kathryn Stone, launched an investigation and found he had “abused his power” as an MP by “making exaggerated and malicious claims”, adding he had “acted in an intimidatory and threatening manner”.

Daniel Kawczynski previously served as a parliamentary aide to the former Welsh Secretary David Jones, despite representing Shrewsbury and Atcham over the border.

He has been a vocal opponent of devolution and called in October for the Senedd to be scrapped. In May of last year he also called for the Welsh Parliament to be abolished as Covid-19 restrictions were stopping him for going to the beach.

The complaints against him however related to an incident on 27 April 2020 when technical difficulties stopped him joining a virtual committee session. Several complaints were made by officials as a result of his actions.

Sir Stephen Irwin, the chair of the independent expert panel, said while the technical difficulties had been frustrating for MPs as they grappled with a virual Westminster during the first lockdown, they were “difficult for everyone”.

He added: “Whilst we fully grasp that the life of an MP can be highly pressurised, these responsibilities and stresses do not justify a loss of courtesy, an exaggerated sense of importance or entitlement, or bullying.”

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Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
4 months ago

He should be thrown off the Welsh bridge at Shrewsbury

Eric Hall
4 months ago

I never understood what someone born in Poland is doing in the British Parliament taking an active rôle in plans throwing Polish people out of the UK

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric Hall

Right wing Poland is clamping down on LGBT rights and same sex marriage is illegal. Kawczynski would be excluded from being a Polish MP because of the authoritarian Catholic attitudes to ‘gender’ but thinks he has a right to use similar bullying imperialist attitudes about a democratically elected Welsh assembly/Senedd. The guy’s a hypocritical psychological fkup who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a law making institution. The people of Shrewsbury deserve better than this narcissist.

Nick Randall-Smith
Nick Randall-Smith
4 months ago

There are some real ars*holes in Westminster and a couple of them come from Salop.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
4 months ago

This is a man who has an exaggerated sense of his own self-importance and ability. Certainly his public utterances about Cymru make him come across as faintly ridiculous.

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
4 months ago
Reply to  Wrexhamian

Only faintly ridiculous? Completely, I think!

Ceredigion resident
Ceredigion resident
4 months ago

I don’t know every one in Shrewsbury, every one I know in the Shrewsbury is nice, has brain cells and thinks Kawczynski is a fool. How did they end up with this unhinged muppet? Its a very important question for democracy.

Quornby
Quornby
4 months ago

First past the post and populist bovine extraction.

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