SNP MP Patrick Grady faces a two-day suspension in the House of Commons for sexual misconduct | Political news




SNP MP Patrick Grady faces suspension from the House of Commons after an allegation of sexual misconduct was confirmed by a parliamentary inquiry.

The Independent Panel has recommended that Mr Grady be suspended from the House for two days for making an ‘unwanted sexual advance’ to a member of party staff at a work social event at a pub in 2016 .

Mr Grady was also ordered to publicly apologize in the chamber and privately apologize to the person who complained.

However, the length of the suspension was shortened because, according to the panel, the plaintiff “repeatedly breached confidentiality” in an attempt to discredit Mr. Brady, which led to “intrusive press activity and abuse on social media”.

An investigation by Kathryn Stone, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, confirmed the claim that Mr Grady made an unwanted advance ‘which included touching and stroking the complainant’s neck, hair and back’.

The deputy did not appeal the decision.

Mr Grady was found guilty of breaching Parliament’s policy on sexual misconduct.

The panel reviewing his sanction concluded: “Unwanted physical touching, with sexual intent, by a senior MP to a junior member of staff, even on a single occasion, is a material breach of the policy.

“It must be marked by a certain period of suspension from the House.”

It also considered the MP’s “genuine remorse for his actions, that they were not repeated once rebuffed, and his efforts to address his behavior since the incident”.

The suspension recommendation must be approved by the House of Commons.

The findings mark the latest chapter in a series of misconduct allegations linked to Parliament.

The Sunday Times reported earlier this year that 56 MPs were facing allegations ranging from sexually inappropriate comments to more serious wrongdoing.

Last month, an unnamed Conservative MP has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault spanning a seven-year period.

Another Tory MP, Neil Parish, resign in may after me, I admitted watching pornography in the House of Commons.

In April, Imran Ahmad Khan, also a Conservative MP, resigned after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.


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