While Nicola Sturgeon presses ahead with a potential illegal Scottish referendum, the Commons watchdog recommends the suspension of SNP MP Patrick Grady (ex chief whip) after allegations of sexual misconduct by an SNP staffer.
The press release read: “The Independent Expert Panel (IEP) has today (14 June) published a report recommending that Patrick Grady MP is suspended from the House of Commons for two days for a breach of Parliament’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.”
“Following an investigation by an independent investigator, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards upheld an allegation of sexual misconduct against Mr Grady by a member of party staff made under Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS).”
“The Commissioner concluded that in 2016, at a work social event in a pub, Mr Grady made an unwanted sexual advance to the complainant that included the touching and stroking of the complainant’s neck, hair, and back.”
“Mr Grady did not appeal the decision. The IP sub-panel considering sanction warned that although MPs are not banned from beginning sexual relationships with staff members”
An award winning Scottish journalist, Chris Munson, wrote on Twitter: “Nicola Sturgeon asked by @KieranPAndrews why Patrick Grady is still an SNP MP. She says she has “not yet had an opportunity to read the report”, and claims it’s neither “fair or helpful” to comment in “substance” now. She won’t say if it’s appropriate for Grady to keep SNP whip”