“In the Evening Standard today Joe Murphy and Kate Proctor says the backbench Conservative 1922 committee opposed a bid by David Cameron to introduce a binding code of conduct for Tory MPs that would have strengthened the protections available to staff suffering harassment. Murphy and Proctor say:
The powerful 1922 committee of backbenchers mobilised against an attempt made by David Cameron to create a binding code of conduct that would have included a right for staff members to seek arbitration.
Mr Cameron attempted to persuade the speaker and other party leaders to support the measures following a sex scandal but his move met resistance from MPs, said sources.
The former prime minister then attempted to get his own MPs to sign up voluntarily.
But this was blocked by the 1922 committee, which saw the plan as a whips’ plot to impose “central control” on backbenchers.
The story is on the front of the Standard under the headline – Revealed: How backbenchers blocked bid to shield staff from sex pests.”