Lib Dems table amendments to stop MPs debating complaints in the chamber


The Liberal Democrats have tabled amendments to the Independent Complaints Scheme which will prevent Members of Parliament from debating and voting on motions concerning complaints made in Parliament.

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The amendments tabled to a motion set to be debated later today are crucial for protecting anyone who makes a complaint. It would give the independent panel the power to take action following complaint investigations such as the expulsion or suspension of MPs.

Following the amendments being tabled, Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain said:

"Parliament should be helping to set an example to all places of work. Allowing a public debate about the decision to be made regarding a complaint is wholly inappropriate and risks causing distress and emotional damage.

"Complainants should always be encouraged to come forward, safe in the knowledge that their complaint will be treated sensitively and appropriately. Debating it in a context where there is Parliamentary privilege and the complainant has no right to reply is a draconian proposal.

"If the Government have learnt anything from the Me Too movement and the revelations surrounding Westminster then they will ensure this does not happen. I encourage them to adopt my amendment as a priority. It is time for Rees-Mogg to demonstrate the Government are listening to complainants."


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