SNP primary whip actions down after unwanted sexual advances complaint

The Scottish National celebration’s primary whip at Westminster has stood down after a protest about a sexual harassment allegation was made versus him.

A celebration source said Patrick Grady had voluntarily but momentarily stepped aside late on Tuesday night. His choice followed a number of unwanted sexual advances allegations emerged versus him and, independently, an unnamed female SNP MP.

Grady, the MP for Glasgow North, was named on Tuesday by the Herald, which reported concerns by party workers that he was being protected by the party and that problems against him were not totally examined.

The party denied that was true. Officials said no protests about supposed misconduct had been made against Grady until late on Tuesday, when one was sent and he right away offered to stand aside. He has actually not been suspended as an MP or SNP member.

” The SNP has actually received a protest. That now allows due process to occur and we will not be commenting even more while an investigation is under method,” a spokesperson stated.

Reports that unnamed SNP MPs had actually been accused of sexually bothering party staff on multiple occasions several years ago emerged earlier this week, following Nicola Sturgeon’s testimony to the Alex Salmond harassment inquiry at Holyrood.

One SNP employee was reportedly mad at Sturgeon’s insistence the celebration took unwanted sexual advances grievances extremely seriously, and declared the claims at Westminster had been underplayed or disregarded.

The Herald reported that Grady had actually been implicated of improper behaviour towards 2 male researchers at the SNP’s Christmas celebration at the Phoenix Artist Club in London in December 2016.

Letters about the incident were apparently sent out to the then Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, in December 2017 and early 2018 following a #MeToo scandal that had emerged at Westminster in late 2017.

The Speaker’s office forwarded them to the celebration’s compliance unit for investigation, but a Westminster source said those letters were confidential and no protest was made. That implied the claims were difficult to investigate under the party’s procedures.

The Herald priced estimate one letter stating that SNP employee were stressed over coming forward because “he is safeguarded by the party”. The employee allegedly bugged by Grady consequently left the celebration.

Independently, an existing SNP worker alleged Grady wrongly touched him on the neck at the Water Poet pub in London in October 2016. Grady and the authorities were hired to a meeting by Ian Blackford, the SNP Westminster leader, and Grady apologised.

The exact same worker likewise implicated an as-yet-unnamed female SNP MP of unsuitable behaviour in 2020. However the staff member said he then needed to pass on his issues to Grady, due to the fact that he was chief whip. The staff member said he grumbled to party head office however no clear action was taken. The female MP has actually supposedly rejected the allegations.

The Herald quoted the very first letter to the Speaker’s workplace, dated December 2017, which it stated had actually been signed by “concerned team member”, which said: “This matter in relation to repeated sexual misbehavior is extensively known about within Westminster and the SNP group, nevertheless, offered his position and despite a supposed hard position versus harassment, Patrick Grady is being safeguarded and his behaviour is supported.”

Critics of the celebration’s reaction contrast that with the SNP’s choices to right away suspend the membership of the then Scottish financing secretary, Derek Mackay, in February 2020 after it emerged he had actually been sending suggestive texts to a teenage boy; the suspension of the junior minister Mark McDonald in late 2017 over claims of suggestive conduct towards ladies; and the suspension of the parliamentary candidate Neale Hanvey over antisemitic messages in November 2019.

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