SNP youth wing calls for review of party complaints procedure over Patrick Grady sex pest case

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The SNP’s youth wing is calling on the party to review its complaints procedure “at all levels” following the Patrick Grady sexual harassment case.

A statement released by the group said, “we need to make sure our party is a safe space for everyone.”

It comes after the MP for Glasgow North was found guilty by Commons authorities of sexual misconduct after making unwanted advances to a 19-year-old in 2016.

Following the publication of the inquest, Grady was suspended for two days from the Commons and had the whip removed while serving that suspension.

Over the weekend an audio clip was leaked revealing that SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford was supporting the MP. He could be heard saying that Grady “is going to face a number of short-term challenges and should therefore have our absolute full support”.

In a statement last night, Blackford said ‘staff need to be fully satisfied that the group takes complaints seriously’.

Opposition parties and SNP MP Joanna Cherry have hit out at the party over its handling of allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Young Scots for Independence (YSI) group is calling for a review of the process.

The statement reads: “At YSI, we expect the highest standards of conduct from our party members, and especially from our elected officials.

“We need to make sure our party is a safe space for everyone, and fight complacency vigilantly to ensure that remains the case.

“In light of recent events, it has become clear that we still have a lot to do to ensure our party is a place of inclusion and safety.

“As the youth wing of the SNP, we will continue to push the wider party to take clear action to ensure everyone, including young people, feels safe and supported.

“As such, we call for a review of the party’s complaints procedures, at all levels.

“As a party, we need to ensure members have the resources and support systems they need during and after the complaints process.

“Finally, we call on elected officials at all levels to redouble their efforts to strengthen an atmosphere of tolerance, security and inclusion in our party, as we continue our campaign for independence and beyond.”

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