Exclusive: The speaker should be given new powers to impose penalties on MPs who attempt to intimidate opponents by shouting abuse across the floor of the Commons, the chair of a committee of female MPs has said
Mary Macleod, who is chairing a cross-party committee of female MPs, spoke to Telegraph Wonder Women ahead of a report that will be published next month on why so many women are quitting politics.
The Conservative MP for Brentford and Isleworth said the committee found there is a “culture of tribal warfare” in the Chamber and recommends that Parliament adopt a zero tolerance stance towards bullying or unprofessional behaviour.
The report, which comes out in July, will recommend that speaker John Bercow creates more “rules” in the House of Commons, such as imposing penalties on unprofessional MPs.
As of now, it is still unclear what sort of penalties those could be.
But Macleod said they should “look for ways to change the atmosphere to be one of great debate but to disallow the personal insults.”