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TORY MP Daniel Kawczynski is facing the prospect of a one-day suspension from Parliament for undermining his apology for bullying staff.
The Commons standards committee recommended today that the member for Shrewsbury and Atcham should apologise again to MPs after media interviews he gave suggested his contrition was not genuine.
Mr Kawczynski, a former foreign policy adviser to ex-prime minister David Cameron, originally made an apology in June last year after he was found to have harassed Commons staff while under the influence of alcohol.
However, the same day he told a BBC Radio Shropshire interviewer that he had “no alternative but to apologise because if I don’t then I risk the option of being sanctioned further.”
The committee’s report said the Polish-born MP had undermined the sincerity of his earlier apology by “broadcasting the fact he was making it because he was required to do so and that he disagreed with the way the case had been conducted.”
Mr Kawczynski also broke confidentiality requirements by talking about the report’s contents before its publication and identifying complainants’ job descriptions on air.
His conduct was particularly serious as it risked undermining the credibility of the independent complaints and grievances scheme for Commons staff which has only recently been established, it added.
Such a breach would normally merit a more serious sanction but the committee, made up of cross-party MPs and lay members, acknowledged Mr Kawczynski’s apparent commitment to work on his “attitude and behaviour.”
It said: “We are persuaded that [he] has been making a sincere attempt to arrive at a better understanding of the roots of his poor behaviour.
“But his contrition does not detract from the fact that his actions caused significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons.”
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