STONE Kathryn Elizabeth
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STONE Kathryn Elizabeth

STONE
Kathryn
Elizabeth

6th Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Organization: House of Commons of the United Kingdom

Profession: Councilman

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Biography

Kathryn Elizabeth Stone OBE (born August 1963) has been the independent Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards of the British House of Commons since January 2018.

Early life

Kathryn Stone was born in Derby and grew up in Belper. She attended Belper High School. On leaving school, she became a houseparent for children with special needs. She studied sociology in London, graduating in 1985, before going on to graduate with a Masters in Women's Studies from Loughborough University. She then qualified as a social worker and became a mental health practitioner.

She spent 11 years as the chief executive of the national charity Voice UK, being awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to people with learning disabilities.

In 2012 she was appointed as the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors for Northern Ireland.[2] She was also a commissioner for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, overseeing investigations for seven police forces in the Midlands and North, including into the Rotherham force’s failure to tackle child sex abuse.

In 2016 she took the post of Legal Ombudsman for England and Wales. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Derby in 2018.

Parliamentary Commissioner

In January 2018, Stone was appointed as the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from a list of 81 candidates for a four year term. Her high profile cases included finding against the prime minister Boris Johnson over a free holiday he took in Mustique courtesy of a Tory donor.[1] She took over responsibility for the inquiry into Keith Vaz's behaviour when she complained that he had "failed, repeatedly, to answer direct questions, given incomplete answers and his account [had], in parts, been incredible".

In 2021, she found that the MP Owen Paterson had breached the MP's Code of Conduct, a finding which resulted in the Parliamentary Standards Committee recommending a suspension from the Commons for a period of 30 sitting days.[4] Despite the fact that the prime minister encouraged a three-line whip on an amendment to change the standards system, the public backlash caused a reversal of policy and the next day Paterson resigned.[5] Critics of the prime minister, including deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner, have suspected that Johnson used the Paterson situation to try and remove Stone from her position as she was reportedly launching a separate investigation into the refurbishment of the prime minister's flat.

Personal life

Stone has three children.

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