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According to the alleged complainant in the case, Peter Bone’s actions have left him feeling like a “broken shell”. MPs will soon vote on whether to suspend the former minister from the Commons.
The IEP of Parliament found that the Wellingborough MP engaged in multiple instances of bullying and one instance of sexual misconduct towards a staff member in 2012 and 2013.
If MPs approve the suggested six-week suspension, Mr Bone could potentially face a recall petition which could result in another by-election, as he has already had the Tory whip taken away.
In an interview with BBC News, the supposed victim – who has chosen to remain unidentified – discussed the purported “physical, emotional, psychological abuse” he had experienced.
The ex-assistant also expressed disapproval of how the Conservatives dealt with his grievance, stating that he was essentially ignored by the party.
Mr. Bone has denied the accusations, stating that they are baseless and unfounded. He has promised to continue serving his constituents.
The supposed accuser stated that the ordeal led to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder for him.
According to the supposed accuser, it turned into a terrible, violent, and gloomy encounter that left me shattered compared to the young man I used to be.
Peter’s actions were inconsistent and unpredictable. He would often become very angry and lose his temper. I compared it to a pendulum, swinging back and forth between different personalities. It was difficult to anticipate his behavior, which made me feel constantly under attack. He would yell, scream, and hit, creating a sense of being under siege.
The consistent thoughts on my mind were about the physical, emotional, and psychological abuse, as well as the events that followed.
“It was unrelenting, to be frank.”
He stated that he was never provided with a precise timetable or even an approximate one for his complaint to the Conservatives.
I was left in a state of uncertainty.
“I was essentially ignored for three years by the party.”
A representative from the Conservative party informed the broadcasting company that the matter was examined according to the party’s previous standards of conduct and procedures for addressing complaints. The party stated that the purported complainant had chosen to withdraw from the process before the case was brought to a hearing.
According to the spokesperson, the current procedure would have directed the complainant’s case to the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme since it pertains to a workplace issue rather than a party issue.
In October 2021, the Westminster staffer made five accusations against Mr. Bone. The IEP report states that a complaint was made to former prime minister Theresa May in 2017 but remained unresolved.
The grievances consisted of four accusations of harassment, citing Mr Bone as the perpetrator.
He verbally mistreated and degraded his employee, subjecting them to ridicule, abuse, and humiliation.
“I continuously hit and threw objects at him, using my hand or items like a pencil or rolled-up document.”
– The MP made him sit with his hands in his lap against his will, which was a demeaning act, whenever he was dissatisfied with his work.
– The complainant was ostracized after an incident that occurred during a work trip to Madrid.
Mr Bone stated in his reply to the IEP’s conclusions: “I have consistently maintained that none of the accusations of misconduct against me actually occurred.”
“These statements are unfounded and untrue.”
He stated that the individual who filed the complaint did not bring up these concerns during their time of employment. He also mentioned that according to ICGS regulations, he is unable to fully explain his thoughts on the significant discrepancies and lack of proof in the accusations.
Mr. Bone stated that he is currently in conversations with lawyers to determine the appropriate course of action to be taken.
A potential by-election would involve the Conservative party, led by Rishi Sunak, fighting to maintain control of the Wellingborough seat currently held by Mr Bone for the past 16 years.