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© Mark Croasdale 2019

DEBATE 
Bullying and Harassment of MPs’ Parliamentary Staff 
17 July 2019
Volume 663

 

Find the original debate transcript here.
 

"The Good Parliament"

“shout at, demean, belittle and humiliate”
they matter not

bullying and abuse
bullying and abuse
bullying and abuse

along those lines
“accompanied by touching, sometimes forceful.”

bullying and abuse
bullying and abuse
stresses and strains 

a toxic culture of insecurity 
and so on

bullying and abuse
bullying and abuse
strong and effective

the biggest elephant in the room
muzzled from ever talking

bullying and abuse
day in and day out
adopt and follow

time bombs in all the political parties
ticking away

bullying and abuse
stress and tensions
discreetly and effectively

cover these things up 
We have no one.

friendly and playful. 
bullying and abuse
harrowing and debilitating.

in the dark corners and closed offices
founded on fear

day in and day out
privilege and power 
bullying and abuse

shouted at, sworn at, belittled and humiliated. 
we knew there was a problem

thorough and challenging
learned and normalised
bullying and abuse

what goes on in this place.
sometimes grossly.

power and hierarchy
toxic and outdated
“them and us”


[Interruption.] 
The hon. Gentleman shakes his head.

 

scandal and shame
complaints and grievance
ask and interrogate

condemn
suggest that progress

accusations and reports
hire and fire 
accountability and leadership

that call today
I echo

clarify and confirm

practices and behaviours 
openness and transparency

behavioural change 

of deeper-rooted cultures

will and determination
policies and guidelines
dignity and understanding

Stand in my shoes
proceed at pace

learning and development 
health and wellbeing?
dignity and understanding


press ahead now with vigour.

institutional change

thought and collective
advice and experience
dignity and understanding

tip the balance
change the culture

dignity and understanding

each and every
selected and elected


encapsulate the essence

looking after one another

dignity and understanding
assistance and advocacy
widespread and cultural

restore confidence
head on

dignity and understanding 
need and deserve
dignity and understanding

I put my hand on my heart 
this “has been a long time coming.”

dignity and understanding
dignity and understanding
dignity and understanding


It seems to me to be the simplest thing of all.

We must stop dragging our feet.