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November 7, 2019

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British Safety Council: New Speaker must show leadership on the health and wellbeing of all who work in parliament

House of Commons must lead by example in protecting staff wellbeing and ensuring a positive working environment.

Lindsay Hoyle

New Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle MP

New Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle MPThe British Safety Council has called on the Speaker of the House of Commons to set an example of leadership in promoting the wellbeing of all MPs and their staff.

In a letter sent this week, Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, and Lawrence Waterman OBE, Chairman, congratulated Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley, who was elected Speaker of the House of Commons by his fellow MPs yesterday. They used the letter to ask the Speaker to “ensure the health and wellbeing of MPs, their staff and families and the staff of the House”.

The House of Commons has come under significant scrutiny in recent years, with multiple allegations of bullying and harassment against MPs and other staff. It will be for the new Speaker to take forward reforms safeguarding health and wellbeing of staff and bringing about a culture change in parliament. Mr Hoyle pledged in his campaign to become Speaker that he would expand the provision of health and wellbeing services in parliament.

In their letter to the new Speaker, Mike Robinson and Lawrence Waterman said: “We very much hope that as the highest authority in the House, you will continue leading the work to ensure the health and wellbeing of MPs, their staff and families and the staff of the House.”

They went on to say: “Senior leaders are vital to maintaining a positive culture at work and encouraging good practice. Indeed, effective implementation of positive health and safety practices depend on strong leadership and the full commitment of the senior leaders.”

Click here to read the full letter.

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