Conduct Committee
The conduct of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

8th Report of Session 2019-21 - published 2 December 2020 - HL Paper 185
Report from the Conduct Committee

Introduction

The complaints

The Commissioner’s investigation and findings

Lord Maginnis’s appeal on findings

Sanction

Annex B: Commissioner’s main report

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Executive summary

Complaint by Christian Bombolo

Immediate and longer-term effect on Mr Bombolo

Lord Maginnis’s response

Finding

Complaint by Hannah Bardell MP

Immediate and longer-term effect on Ms Bardell

Lord Maginnis’s response

Finding

Complaint by Luke Pollard MP

Immediate and longer-term effect on Mr Pollard

Lord Maginnis’s response

Finding

Complaint by Toby Perkins MP

Immediate and longer-term effect on Mr Perkins

Lord Maginnis’s response

Finding

Outcome

Chapter 3: Process and chronology

Chapter 4: Principles relating to investigations and outcomes

Natural justice and fairness

Proportionality

Remedial action

Sanctions imposed by the House

Agreed resolution

Openness and transparency

Chapter 5: Information from the Clerk of the Parliaments regarding Lord Maginnis

Chapter 6: Complaint by Christian Bombolo: account of the key facts and evidence

Christian Bombolo’s complaint

Lord Maginnis’s evidence

Christian Bombolo’s evidence

Other evidence

Findings of fact

Chapter 7: Complaint by Hannah Bardell MP: account of the key facts and evidence

Hannah Bardell’s complaint

Lord Maginnis’s evidence

Ms Bardell’s evidence

Findings of fact

Chapter 8: Complaint by Luke Pollard MP: account of the key facts and evidence

Luke Pollard’s complaint

Lord Maginnis’s email to James Gray MP

Lord Maginnis’s evidence

Mr Pollard’s evidence

Other evidence

Findings of fact

Chapter 9: Complaint by Toby Perkins MP: account of the key facts and evidence

Mr Perkins’ complaint

Lord Maginnis’s evidence

Mr Perkins’ evidence

Other evidence

Findings of fact

Chapter 10: Analysis and findings

Behaviour Code

Respect and value everyone

Recognise your power, influence or authority and don’t abuse them

Think about how your behaviour affects others and strive to understand their perspective

Act professionally towards others

Ensure Parliament meets the highest ethical standards of integrity, courtesy and mutual respect

Speak up about any unacceptable behaviour you see

Bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

Christian Bombolo’s complaint

Did Lord Maginnis’s behaviour amount to bullying?

Conclusion

Hannah Bardell’s complaint

Did Lord Maginnis’s behaviour at the entrance to Parliament amount to bullying?

Did Lord Maginnis’s behaviour subsequently amount to harassment?

Conclusion

Luke Pollard’s complaint

Did Lord Maginnis’s behaviour at the APPG dinner amount to bullying?

Did Lord Maginnis’s behaviour subsequently amount to harassment?

Conclusion

Toby Perkins’ complaint

Did Lord Maginnis’s behaviour at the APPG breakfast amount to harassment?

Conclusion

Chapter 11: Outcome

Consideration of sanction

Recommended sanction

Appendix 1: Chronology of events

Appendix 2: Lord Maginnis’s response to the factual report

Appendix 3: Hannah Bardell’s response to the factual report

Appendix 4: Lord Maginnis’s submission to the Commissioner on sanction

Appendix 5: Email from Hannah Bardell MP to the Commissioner for Standards, 10 February 2020

Annex B: appeal documents

Appendix 6: Lord Maginnis’s written appeal

Appendix 7: Second written appeal from Lord Maginnis, 24 November 2020

Appendix 8: Transcript of Lord Maginnis’s appeal hearing





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