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