The conduct of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Contents

Annex A: Commissioner’s main report

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.This report deals with four separate complaints made about Lord Maginnis of Drumglass under the provisions of the Code dealing with bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct.

2.Though my meetings and correspondence with Lord Maginnis covered all of the complaints, the details of each have been considered separately.

3.In considering these complaints I have been supported by Matthew Scott, Independent Investigator, Andrea Adams Consultancy, and James Whittle, one of the Clerks who assist me in my work. I wish to place on record my thanks to them for all their help, while also acknowledging that I am solely responsible for the conclusions reached and the decisions made in this investigation.

4.By its nature, any report into allegations of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct will include content that some readers may find upsetting or offensive. My aim is to reflect fairly and fully the evidence I gather in the course of an investigation and not to censor or in any way minimise views expressed or material uncovered. I believe this transparency is essential to helping the House of Lords to be a workplace where everyone is valued and respected, and where it is clear that bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct are not tolerated. This means that reports into allegations of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct will often make for difficult reading.

5.The findings and discussions in this case relate to bullying, and to harassment associated with the protected characteristic of sexual orientation.

6.The report includes language that some readers may find offensive.

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