Allegation: John Bercow.

The Speaker of the House of Commons has flatly denied shock bullying claims after a BBC probe.

John Bercow was named as part of a wider Newsnight investigation in which Parliamentary staff claimed they work in a “culture of fear”.

Allegations were also made about Tory MP Mark Pritchard and Labour’s Paul Farrelly.

The BBC programme claimed Mr Bercow had “a reputation as a bully”, highlighting Kate Emms’ short-lived tenure as his private secretary from May 2010 to February 2011.

The programme interviewed colleagues who alleged she was undermined by Mr Bercow and he appeared to frequently shout at her.

Parliamentary authorities were later told she had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Newsnight reported.

But the Speaker’s spokeswoman said: “The Speaker completely and utterly refutes the allegation that he behaved in such a manner, either eight years ago, or at any other time.

“Any suggestion to the contrary is simply untrue.”

Source: House of Commons Speaker John Bercow flatly denies shock bullying claims after former staffer ‘suffered PTSD’ – Mirror Online


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