Personal behaviour

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5.6The Code now specifies that ‘Members are also expected to observe the principles set out in the Parliamentary Behaviour Code of respect, professionalism, understanding others' perspectives, courtesy, and acceptance of responsibility’, and an associated rule of conduct stipulates:

Respect 18. A Member must treat their staff and all those visiting or working for or with Parliament with dignity, courtesy and respect.’1

The House of Commons bullying and harassment and sexual misconduct policies apply to Members as they do to others in the parliamentary community, which `comprises all those who work for or with Parliament either on the Parliamentary Estate, in constituency offices or elsewhere in the course of their or parliamentary work.’ The policies and procedures apply to `any circumstances relating to [Members’] Parliamentary work, regardless of location.’ This includes `office work, public facing work, travel and social events related to parliamentary business, as well as non-standard working hours.’2


  1. 1. Code of Conduct, HC (2017–19) 1474, paras 9, 18.
  2. 2. House of Commons Commission, Amendments to the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme, 22 April 2021, Annex 1: Bullying and Harassment Policy, para 4.4 and Annex 2: Sexual Misconduct Policy, para 4.4.