A parliamentary standards commissioner

Stuff reports:

is set to appoint a new Independent Commissioner into Parliamentary Standards in a bid to improve MP behaviour and accountability.

The newly created commissioner job was recommended by the damning 2019 Francis Review into ’s culture and MP behaviour. The recommendation was adopted by the Parliamentary Service Commission, a cross-party committee that considers the services provided to MPs and parliament.

The new person will be able to “receive, investigate, and resolve complaints about conduct of Members’ of which do not align with the Behavioural Statements for the Parliamentary Workplace.

The commissioner will also produce an annual report which will keep a count of complaints and any “systemic issues” in the system.

role has been established as part of our commitment to improving the culture of Parliament,” of the House Trevor said.

“The nature of means there are power imbalances here, and we must keep them in check. Establishing role guarantees another channel through which staff can confidentially raise concerns about members’ conduct.”

The appointment will be made for five years by the on the recommendation of the commission and the party leaders

seems like a good step forward. The person appointed will be critical to its success.

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