Wednesday 24 October 2018
FDA welcome House of Commons Commission's "important, if overdue" decision
Responding to the House of Commons Commission’s decision
to implement Dame Laura Cox’s recommendations in full, FDA Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge said:
"We welcome the decision of the House of Commons Commission to immediately implement Dame Laura Cox’s recommendations in full.
“We wish to pay tribute to all the brave members of staff, both past and present, who came forward and shared their stories. They courageously spoke truth to power and, finally, power listened.
“This is an important, if overdue, decision. Though there is more work to be done, the implementation of Dame Laura’s recommendations is the first step to ending the toxic culture of deference and silence that has allowed bullying, harassment and sexual harassment to thrive within the House of Commons.
“We want to thank Dame Laura Cox for her tireless work to bring about this crucial reform. Her recommendations echoed those the FDA have been campaigning for: a truly independent complaints process and the removal of arbitrary time restrictions on investigating historical cases.
“No small credit goes to BBC Newsnight’s Chris Cook and Lucinda Day who exemplify the best of investigative journalism.
“This is an important step not only for our members, but everyone working in Parliament.
“We look forward to engaging with the House to deliver the culture change that Parliament so desperately needs.”