Scheme to tackle bullying and harassment in Westminster raises transparency concerns

Proposals to grant anonymity to MPs accused of harassment or expenses fraud outlined in a new behaviour code will be seen as politicians trying to cover up their misdoings, the chairman of the standards committee has warned.

Labour’s Sir Kevin Barron said he agreed that confidentiality was important to ensure people came forward, but said publishing the name of an MP under investigation would not cause “irreparable damage” to the probe.

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