Gordon Brown’s ‘terrified’ staff called anti-bullying helpline

February 22nd, 2010 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI  


London, February 22 (ANI):
The “terrified” staff of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who has been
accused of verbally attacking and manhandling employees, allegedly contacted
the country’s anti-bullying helpline.

Christine Pratt, who runs
the National Bullying Helpline, said she consoled members of staff at Downing
Street who she believed were “working in a bullying culture”.

“We have had three or
four calls from within his office,” The Sun quoted Pratt as saying.

She added: “Over
recent months we have had several inquiries from staff within Gordon Brown’s
office. Some called our helpline directly and I have spoken to staff in his

The revelation comes after
political commentator Andrew Rawnsley accused Brown of being a bully in a new
book The End Of The Party.

Britain’s most senior
civil servant, Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell, was also reported to have
warned the Prime Minister against his “volcanic temper”.

However, the Cabinet
Office and Downing Street have both denied the allegations.

A spokeswoman said:
“It is completely untrue to say the Cabinet Secretary ever gave the PM a
verbal warning about his behaviour.”

A Downing Street spokesman
also added: “At no time has the National Bullying Helpline contacted No10
about these allegations.

“We have rigorous,
well established procedures in place to allow any member of staff to address
any concerns over inappropriate treatment or behaviour. The Civil Service will
continue to have a no-tolerance policy on bullying.” (ANI)

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