Leaked recording of pro-Grady SNP MPs ‘totally unacceptable’ – Sturgeon

A leaked recording of SNP MPs supporting Patrick Grady after he was found to have behaved inappropriately towards a party staff member was condemned by Nicola Sturgeon as “completely unacceptable”.

The North Glasgow MP was suspended from the House of Commons for two days and from membership of the SNP until his suspension was served after an independent investigation.

Last week, the Daily Mail released an audio recording of an SNP group meeting in Westminster, during which leader Ian Blackford said he was looking forward to bringing Mr Brady back into the ranks and urged MPs from other parties to support him.

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Patrick Grady was suspended by the House of Commons for two days (Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/Pennsylvania)

SNP MPs Amy Callaghan and Marion Fellows also said peers should support Mr. Grady.

Ms. Callaghan has since issued a full apology for her remarks.

In her first comment on the entry, the First Minister said she was “kind of revealing what was wrong in this case.”

The complainant repeatedly criticized SNP, for which he still works, because of the way it handles the issue, saying that his life has become “a living hell” and raising the possibility of legal action.

Asked by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross on Thursday as part of the First Minister’s Questions, Ms Sturgeon said: “What I’ve heard is that the perpetrator of this behavior was more anxious than the victim.

“I think this is completely unacceptable and I will be very clear about it.”

Ms Sturgeon also said she was subjected to a two-year “rather grueling investigation” because she “refused to sweep some things under the carpet” – eluding an investigation into misconduct allegations against her predecessor Alex. Salmon.

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On the recording, Ian Blackford was heard urging MPs from other parties to support Mr. Brady (Pennsylvania).

The First Minister also said: “All parties are facing this – there will be two (Westminster) by-elections today due to the behavior of Conservative MPs.

“All parties have faced this, all parties have been criticized, including in these cases, for how they handle these issues, and I think it is important for all of us – and I will just speak for myself – that someone I am in no position to sit in a glass house and throw stones at these things.

“We need to address these issues when they arise in our own parties, this is what I intend to do for the SNP and I think all leaders should do this when it arises in their parties as well.”

In response, Mr. Ross, who is also an MP for Moray, said that the by-election was caused by the resignation of the respective MPs. Imran Ahmed Khan resigned after being convicted of sexually abusing a teenager, and Neil Parish resigned after watching pornography in the House of Commons.

Mr Ross added: “I know the first minister wants to do this about other parties and other parts of the country, but the fact that we have two by-elections today is because the Conservative MPs were removed from office and left. from parliament.

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Douglas Ross raised this issue at the First Minister’s Questions (Jane Barlow/PA)

“Patrick Grady has been suspended for 48 hours.”

Mr Sturgeon replied: “I think people who listen to me will hear me take these matters very seriously, I don’t think they will hear me trying to do all this about other parties, but what they will hear from me concerns all of us.” should think.

“If I were to stand here and say, ‘The SNP has no problem here, it’s all about the Conservatives or Labor,’ I would show that I don’t understand the systemic nature of these problems.”

The First Minister added that if Mr. Ross claims that such problems are a problem “exclusively for the SNP”, then “he does not understand the systemic, public nature of these problems.”