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Downing Street - Pratt Breaches Confidentiality

Updated on February 22, 2010

UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has recently been accused of Bullying Staff in 10 Downing Street. He has been accused of bullying and shoving staff in a new book written by Andrew Rawnsley – a Political Journalist.

I watched the news and a staff of the National Bullying Helpline was speaking to a Journalist, informing him that there had been phone calls from 10 Downing Street which were about bullying and it was apparent that there was a bullying culture. She even went on to say a member of staff was off sick long term due to it.

To me, it was surprising and I thought to myself “what happened to confidentiality?” and who gave her the authority to give details. (Not that I condone bullying) I found out later that she was the founder of National Bullying Helpline. As far as I know and many others, when people call such sensitive helplines such as Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Bullying helplines etc – the calls are treated with confidentiality. It wasn’t right for her to openly confirm that she had received calls of a bullying nature from the Prime Ministers office - if at all it did happen.

A lot of people and Politicians are now calling for – Christine Pratt (her real name) founder of the Bullying helpline to be sacked or resign because of what she said, as it breached confidentiality.

Book with the Allegations

Andrew Rawnsley's comments: - "Voters should know the full truth about the character of Gordon Brown. The prime minister's conduct in office has long been the subject of gossip. The real story needed to be told".


My Comments: I think the Title of the book says it all. I doubt that Gordon Brown is a bully. Hopefully, this is just a malicious attack that will go away and not damage his credibility. He now faces an inquiry into these Allegations.


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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Lol Ralph - He actually used to be popular with the ladies, according to his interview with Morgan Piers, aired in UK last week... I doubt he'd stray now. Cheers.

      ** Hi HP Roy, totally agree with you. Thanks so much for your comments.

      ** Cheers Andromida, as much as I admire Gordon Brown, I think he should not bother re-running for the next election. There's too much opposition. Hope you are well. Thanks.

      ** Hi Mystique - it's got to the point now that even if I read a form that states my details are confidential, I still don't believe it and withhold info. if I want to. "Confidentiality" these days is just a load of Grammar. :)

      Nice to read from you.

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Geez, Elena! That means that confidentially is no longer true in the UK? Imagine other countries! I believe these delicate issues should be dealt with privately regardless of who the victim and the attacker are. The victim may become more of a victim and the attacker could be a target for violence behavior. The sensitivity rests in the fact that it would foster the presence of vigilantes and "heroes" and create an atmosphere of insecurity.

      Great hub!

      Thumbs up!

      warmest regards and blessings,


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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Interesting topic.I think in future Gordon Brown and his party will face more problems due to this unwanted incident.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      UK politics - remaining in high state of administrative post the bullying with topics like Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, on lines are not befitting with the nation, a nation which had brought first the true civilization in the Universe. These must be nipped in the bud to keep the great Nation great in the Globe.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Well, lots of people in big jobs let it go to their heads and bully their subordinates. At least Brown hasn't been screwing his secretary.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hello DeBorrah

      Thanks for your comments. I've since found out that 4 Patrons of the Helpline have resigned. Hopefully, from now on, they'll treat calls differently - if at all there are any from Downing street.

      Wishing you a Blessed week. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Lady E, This has been informative! I agree the use of such helplines are supposed to be confidential... Thank you for sharing, In His love & Blessings!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Dohn. I hope his hands are clean. Only recently, we had Tony Blair - ex prime minister facing an Inquiry about Iraq. Best Wishes.

      ** Hello Pete, that is such a solid point you brought up. Work is definitely not the place to call these helplines. Did you used to be Private Investigator? lol. Thanks.

      ** Cheers Hello Hello - I bet Cameron's rubbing his hands together now. He's always given Gordon a hard time. As you noted, Politics is a dirty game. Thanks for stopping.

      ** Hello again Vladimir - thanks for stopping.

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      Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Great information, thanks.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      As they say 'Politics' is a dirty game. Could they also be Conservatives to aim the success of the next election? I also have my suspicion with these bankers. All the time creaming off to make Mr Brown helpless and the economy hopeless. I don't care which party but there has to be some limit and respect. Cameron all the time shouting his head off and pointing, never an alternative suggestion. To me it doesn't look very clever. A four year old can do that. Thank you for putting the record right because I was wondering.

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      Pete Maida 7 years ago

      The whole thing sounds like a setup. Who would really call a help line from their job. Wouldn't they wait until that got home where they were in private?

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I'm really out of the loop as far as UK politics goes. However, reading this hub lends credence to the subject and for that I thank you, Elena. Hopefully Brown will be vindicated. I'll certainly look into it now that you've made mention of it.

      I hope you're well!