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The City watchdog has appealed for its staff to clean up their own act over “shameful” working conditions at the regulator’s new London headquarters.

The chief operating officer of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said in the message to workers that the problems varied from everyday cleanliness issues to instances of workers defecating and urinating on floors.

Georgina Philippou wrote she was “appalled about the incidents of bad behaviour towards our building and colleagues”.

Andrew Bailey was a deputy governor of the Bank of England when Northern Rock struck problems
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Andrew Bailey, a former deputy governor of the Bank of England, runs the FCA

The letter, first published by the Evening Standard, listed the problems as “leaving cutlery and crockery in the kitchen areas, overflowing bins, stealing plants and charging cables from desks, catering and security teams being subject to verbal abuse, colleagues defecating on the floor in toilet cubicles on a particular floor, urinating on the floor in the men’s toilets and leaving alcohol bottles in sanitary bins”.

Ms Philippou added: “You may have heard about some of these behaviours already and I’m sure others will come as a shock.

“I did think long and hard about whether to disclose all these behaviours because they are so distasteful and shameful but keeping quiet has not got us far in terms of changing behaviours.

“This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated here.”

The letter blamed a “minority of colleagues” for the problems at the £60m site in Stratford’s Endeavour Square.

The FCA is run by chief executive Andrew Bailey – seen as being among the front-runners to succeed Mark Carney as the governor of the Bank of England when he steps down in January.

Commenting on the cleanliness row, an FCA spokeswoman told the newspaper: “We have a duty as an employer to highlight this sort of behaviour and our senior management are clear it is simply unacceptable.

“Judging from the feedback we have received on the article, our staff agree.”

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