SNP launches investigation into claims of unacceptable sexual behaviour

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 31 October 2017 in News

Investigation follows an announcement from Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and chief executive Paul Grice that a confidential phone line will be established for people working at the Scottish Parliament to report sexual harassment

The SNP has launched an investigation into claims of unacceptable sexual behaviour after concerns were raised by two members.

The party said enquiries were at an early stage but that the two cases were unconnected.

The investigation follows an announcement from Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and chief executive Paul Grice that a confidential phone line will be established for people working at the Scottish Parliament to report sexual harassment.


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In a letter to all people who use the Scottish Parliament building, Macintosh and Grice called on MSPs, staff and visitors to call out and report inappropriate behaviour.

Nicola Sturgeon has written to the PO calling for cross-party talks to combat sexual harassment.

She said: “Clearly we are hearing about allegations that exist of a spectrum from inappropriate comments and behaviour through to allegations that could constitute serious criminal behaviour.”

“But the key point here is that no woman should have to put up with sexual harassment or behaviour or language of a sexual nature that makes them feel uncomfortable in any way.”

Over the weekend lawyer Aamer Anwar said he had heard reports of a "catalogue of abuse" against women at Holyrood.

Former Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she was aware of several female MSPs who had been victims.

A statement from the SNP said: "The SNP has had concerns of this nature raised by two different individuals. The individuals and their concerns are unconnected to each other.

"These will be fully investigated but enquiries remain at an early stage.

"We will do nothing to deter people from coming forward and, as such, we will not comment further while investigations are ongoing."

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