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Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Westminster, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Westminster, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Westminster, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Westminster, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng claims ‘some bad apples’ to blame for misogyny in Westminster

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has rejected claims there is a widespread culture of misogyny in Parliament as he suggested issues are down to “some bad apples”.Mr Kwarteng also blamed the long working hours and intensity of parliamentary business for repeated sleaze scandals, one day after ...

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has rejected claims there is a widespread culture of misogyny in Parliament as he suggested issues are down to “some bad apples”.

Mr Kwarteng also blamed the long working hours and intensity of parliamentary business for repeated sleaze scandals, one day after Tory backbencher Neil Parish resigned for watching porn in Parliament.

His defence of the conduct of MPs comes after senior Conservative Caroline Nokes, who chairs the Women and Equalities Committee, accused the Tories of “institutional sexism”.

Mr Kwarteng told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I don’t think there’s a culture of misogyny. I think the problem we have is that people are working in a really intense environment, there are long hours, and I think generally most people know their limits, they know how to act respectfully.”

The Cabinet minister told the BBC’s Sunday Morning show: “I think we’ve got to distinguish between some bad apples, people who behave badly, and the general environment.

“There are some bad apples, there are people who have acted very badly, and they should be held to account.”

On Saturday, Conservative MP Neil Parish announced his resignation after he admitted he twice watched pornography on his phone in the House of Commons chamber.

Mr Kwarteng expressed his support for Mr Parish’s decision to step down as an MP.

“With Neil, I think he did the right thing. He did something which in most other professions you would be sacked for doing and he voluntarily resigned and I think his position was very difficult,” he told Sky News.

Last week, The Sunday Times revealed three cabinet ministers and two shadow cabinet ministers were among 56 MPs subject to sexual misconduct allegations.

The allegations, which include claims that are yet to be corroborated, relate to incidents of inappropriate touching and sexual harassment.

The newspaper has reported several cases of drunken behaviour, including a senior MP who allegedly repeatedly licked the faces of male researchers in parliamentary bars.

Despite the apparent links to excessive alcohol consumption and misconduct in parliament, Mr Kwarteng said he did not think the on-site bars should be closed down.

He told Sky News: “No, they shouldn’t all be shut, I don’t think we should have an excessively puritanical severe regime in that regard.”

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has called for “radical” reform to working practices after a series of bullying and sexual misconduct offences and allegations involving MPs.

Writing in The Observer, Sir Lindsay said: “In my opinion, it is time to consider radical action and review structures and processes that could make a difference.

“Some serious allegations have been made, which we must address as a matter of urgency. It is imperative we do the right thing by staff, and MPs as well.”

REVEALED: Conservative Party inquiry finds the source of the Angela Rayner 'Basic Instinct' story that triggered a storm at Westminster was... Angela Rayner

A Conservative Party inquiry into the ‘Basic Instinct’ furore over Angela Rayner has concluded that the Labour Deputy Leader was herself the source of the story.The report in last week’s Mail on Sunday triggered a storm at Westminster, after Ms Rayner claimed that ‘...

A Conservative Party inquiry into the ‘Basic Instinct’ furore over Angela Rayner has concluded that the Labour Deputy Leader was herself the source of the story.

The report in last week’s Mail on Sunday triggered a storm at Westminster, after Ms Rayner claimed that ‘Boris Johnson’s cheerleaders have resorted to spreading desperate, perverted smears in their doomed attempts to save his skin’.

The uproar forced the Prime Minister to release a statement condemning the ‘misogyny’ which had been ‘anonymously directed’ at Ms Rayner, and to order his whips to try to identify the Tory MP quoted in the article.

Mr Johnson also vowed that he would unleash ‘the terrors of the Earth’ on the person responsible.

But within 24 hours of the investigation starting, the whips had spoken to four Tory MPs who testified that Ms Rayner had herself raised the issue with them during an evening on the Commons terrace.

According to one of the MPs, she told them that during PMQs she liked ‘to do my Sharon Stone trick. I cross and uncross my legs and give him a flash of my ginger g******’.

A second MP also recalled the phrase. A third MP told the whips they hadn’t heard the entire exchange, but had overheard the vulgar colloquialism, while a fourth said: ‘Angela was telling us how she distracts Boris.’

The investigation concluded that the exchanges had been lighthearted and good-natured.

When this newspaper put the story to the Labour Party last weekend, a spokeswoman had insisted that the claims were ‘categorically untrue’.

The resulting row led to Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle condemning the article as ‘unsubstantiated’, ‘misogynistic’ and ‘offensive’, and inviting The Mail on Sunday’s Editor, David Dillon, to a meeting at the Commons. The request was declined.

After the row broke out last week, the Daily Mail revealed the contents of a podcast recorded in January in which Ms Rayner volunteered the fact that her appearance at PMQs that month had drawn comparisons with Miss Stone, and that it had sparked an internet meme of her crossing and uncrossing her legs.

The interview came 18 days after the Daily Mail’s Amanda Platell had likened Ms Rayner to Miss Stone in her column – without receiving a complaint.

The revelations that Ms Rayner had herself propagated the story she was supposedly furious about led her supporters to try to reframe the row as an indictment of the ‘sexist’ and ‘classist’ culture at Westminster and in the media.

A senior Tory source said: ‘We soon realised that Rayner’s story wasn’t quite all it seemed.’

A leader article in today’s MoS calls on ‘Britain’s political and media classes’ to ‘relearn old rules such as the one which advises waiting for the facts before passing judgment, and that trial comes before verdict, and verdict before sentence’.

It concludes: ‘If they do not, and if they continue to allow themselves to be stampeded by social media mobs, then freedom of speech, freedom of the Press and democracy itself are in danger.’

MPs call for reform of Westminster groups to avert the ‘next great parliamentary scandal’

Unofficial Westminster groups need significant reform to avert the “next great parliamentary scandal” of lobbyists buying access to MPs, a cross-party committee has warned.The committee also stressed there is a “real risk” of hostile foreign ac...

Unofficial Westminster groups need significant reform to avert the “next great parliamentary scandal” of lobbyists buying access to MPs, a cross-party committee has warned.

The committee also stressed there is a “real risk” of hostile foreign actors gaining ‘improper access and influence” through All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) — bodies that examine a wide variety of subjects.

In a major report, MPs on the Commons Standards Committee noted there has been a dramatic increase in the number of APPGs, and while “vital” to parliamentary work, they risk “inappropriate influence and access”.

MPs insist that “if left unchecked, APPGs could represent the next great parliamentary scandal, with commercial entities effectively buying access to and influence of parliamentarians and decision-makers.”

There are 774 APPGs — an increase of 194 from 2015 — with subjects focusing on industry sectors, public policy, medical conditions, and specific countries, with the groups running inquiries, events, and organising visits.

Unlike Commons Committees, they are not official parliamentary bodies, with the possibility of secretariats being provided by external bodies. Current rules dictate they must declare support of over £1,500 a year from a single source.

While emphasising the importance of APPGs, the MPs said there are “few, if any” safeguards in place to ensure they are “genuinely member-led and are not simply used by external bodies as a way to amplify their own message”.

“The danger is that an APPG could all too easily become a parliamentary front for an external commercial entity,” they said. “That would be wholly inappropriate.”

In a section on the risk posed by hostile state actors, the report referenced the recent case of Christine Lee’s involvement with the Chinese in Britain APPG.

Ms Lee was described in a January security alert issued by MI5 as being “knowingly engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Chinese Community Party”.

Alison Giles, the director of security for Parliament, told MPs during the inquiry that Ms Lee was “instrumental” in setting up the Chinese in Britain APPG, including funding and attending meetings.

The MPs added in the report: “The expert evidence we have received to our inquiry shows that the risk of improper access and influence by hostile foreign actors through APPGs is real, though difficult to measure. There is also evidence that this risk has already materialised.”

In order to reduce the risks posed by APPGs, the report recommends a reduction in the “sheer number” of groups, which “makes monitoring compliance with the rules more challenging”.

The MPs also suggest transparency is enhanced of funding sources and provision of external staff on APPGs, including secretariats, and potentially banning them from being funded by foreign governments.

The committee chair and Labour MP Chris Bryant said the report was a “wake-up call for us”, with “chilling” evidence gathered by MPs pointing towards an urgent need for reform of the system.

“All Party Parliamentary Groups are really useful, but they must never be a backdoor means of peddling influence around the corridors of power or pursuing a commercial interest,” he stressed.

“We have set out four ways to address the risks posed by APPGs, as well as a range of possible measures to regulate them, and ensure they continue to enhance – rather than endanger – the integrity of Parliament.”

He added: “Parliament always has, and always will, be a target for hostile foreign states. But with better regulation and transparency around these informal groups, we can ensure they continue to make a positive contribution to democracy”.

Senior MPs are calling for “radical action” following a series of sexual misconduct claims in Westminster

Senior MPs including House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle have called for a review into Westminster working practices.The country’s attention is once again turned towards the world inside Westminster following a series of high-profile news stories.Following reports that more than 50 MPs are facing allegations of sexual misconduct – as well as t...

Senior MPs including House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle have called for a review into Westminster working practices.

The country’s attention is once again turned towards the world inside Westminster following a series of high-profile news stories.

Following reports that more than 50 MPs are facing allegations of sexual misconduct – as well as the misogynistic attitudes that were laid bare by a rumour about Angela Rayner which was published earlier this week – a number of senior MPs have called for a radical overhaul of parliament’s working practices.

Writing in The Observer, House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle stressed that he took the recent allegations – which included reports of bullying and sexual comments – “very seriously”, and said he thought it was time for Westminster to review its working practices.

“I would like us to look at best practice in other parliaments around the world, to see if there are other models that would work here,” he wrote.

“In my opinion, it is time to consider radical action and review structures and processes that could make a difference. Some serious allegations have been made, which we must address as a matter of urgency. It is imperative we do the right thing by staff, and MPs as well.”

Sir Hoyle continued: “At the end of the day, I want to make sure everyone feels supported and has somewhere to turn – and to make this House not only a safe and inclusive workplace, but a model for other legislatures.”

One of Sir Hoyle’s main suggestions – a version of which has received backing from former leader of the House Dame Andrea Leadsom – is setting up a human resources style external body which could employ the MPs’ staff and handle grievances independently.

Currently, some of this responsibility is left to a body called the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS), which looks into claims of bullying and sexual harassment – but there are concerns that more could be done to ensure complains are dealt with swiftly and effectively.

Sir Hoyle’s calls follow the resignation of MP Neil Parish who stepped aside after he admitted to watching pornography twice in parliament – a move he called a “moment of madness” that “was absolutely, totally wrong”.

Boris Johnson also condemned Parish’s actions – and said proper procedure now needs to be followed to ensure those in charge are able to “understand the facts”.

Speaking to Sky News before Parish’s identity was revealed, he said: “It’s obviously unacceptable for anybody to be doing that kind of thing in the workplace. It would be the same for any job up and down the country. Clearly, that kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable.”

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Westminster bullying and sleaze victims don’t feel safe to report MPs, says whistleblower

Westminster’s independent complaints system is designed to protect MPs and the reputation of parliament rather than victims of harassment and misconduct, a staff member bullied by a Labour MP has said.F...

Westminster’s independent complaints system is designed to protect MPs and the reputation of parliament rather than victims of harassment and misconduct, a staff member bullied by a Labour MP has said.

Former minister Liam Byrne was this week found guilty of a “serious breach” of parliamentary conduct policies after an investigation found he bullied David Barker, a worker in his constituency office, by ostracising him for several months and denying him access to his parliamentary IT account.

Mr Byrne was suspended for just two days and it has since emerged that the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS), which was set up in the wake of the #MeToo scandal, failed to protect the anonymity of witnesses in the case. This was despite, it is alleged, claiming it would do so.

Mr Barker told i he was “incredibly upset” to learn of the blunder and that it had damaged confidence in the complaints system, which he said needed an urgent overhaul because staff no longer felt “safe” to report MPs.

Other Labour party staffers who were witnesses in the case are preparing legal action against the ICGS. Before the action, a House of Commons spokesperson apologised on behalf of the scheme that witnesses had been incorrectly told their contributions would be confidential. This evening the Commons was unable to comment on the matter pending the legal action.

Politico reported that during the investigation, Mr Byrne, who was Chief Secretary to the Treasury in Gordon Brown’s Cabinet, was shown unredacted transcripts of the evidence submitted against him, which included the names of the witnesses.

The witnesses had been assured their identities would remain confidential, it is alleged.

Mr Barker told i: “I was incredibly upset to learn that the ICGS broke the confidentiality promises they made to me and the other witnesses. Bizarrely, they did this after two internal reports found Liam Byrne guilty of bullying a member of staff.

“I only entered into this process on the understanding that the witnesses – many of whom were also victims – would have their identities protected.

“After revealing this to Liam Byrne, the ICGS asked for evidence of bullying during the investigation to determine their sanction. As the news in Politico this morning makes clear, there was plenty to investigate, but I don’t believe anyone came forward when asked.

“I was sad to learn why this morning, when I read that an anonymous Labour Party staffer has said they did not provide evidence to report bullying during the investigation because they were so scared they too would be named and victimised.

“Had they felt safe to tell the truth, there would likely have been a much harsher sanction, and staff in Parliament could feel protected now.

“The process needs overhaul. As it stands, the ICGS is set up to protect Members of Parliament, and the reputation of the place, rather than the staff who fall victim to them and are afraid to speak out.”

Mr Byrne has said he will accept the two-day suspension and undergo training, and says he feels “genuine remorse” for his conduct.

Mr Barker has called on the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, to remove the whip from Mr Byrne and for a by-election to be called in his seat of Birmingham Hodge Hill.

The Labour party declined to comment.


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