Conor Burns case highlights that no mechanism exists to prevent MPs accused of misconduct from attending Westminster

7 October 2022

Trade minister Conor Burns has been sacked from the government after a complaint of serious misconduct. Prospect represents staff in both Houses of Parliament, and are pushing for greater safeguards to protect staff, while investigations of this type are ongoing.

Mike Clancy, General Secretary, said:

“It is right that Conor Burns MP has been both removed from government and also had the whip removed following these serious allegations.

“However it highlights once again that no formal mechanism exists to prevent MPs accused of this kind of serious misconduct from attending Westminster and interacting with staff, other MPs, visitors and school groups.

“We hope that arrangements will be put in place to make sure this MP does not access Parliament to protect others at Westminster, and that this is adhered to, while these allegations are investigated.”