Nicola Sturgeon offers to meet victim of sex pest SNP MP Patrick Grady to say ‘sorry’


Nicola Sturgeon has offered to meet the victim of sex pest SNP MP Patrick Grady to apologize in person.

The First Minister told MSPs today she had already written to the man to say sorry following the incident.

It comes after an independent investigation by Commons authorities found the Glasgow North MP had made unwanted sexual advances to an SNP staffer on a night out in October 2016.

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At the weekly session of FMQs today, Douglas Ross read out a comment from the victim this morning in which he claimed there were “questions for the First Minister to answer on the subject”.

The Scottish Conservatives leader questioned the SNP leader on why Grady had been temporarily suspended by her party for just two days.

Sturgeon responded: “In relation to the victim in this case, I have already in a written message said sorry directly to them.

“I have also confirmed my willingness to meet directly and personally with the victim in this case.

“When, and I hope it will, that interaction takes place I will be sorry in person.

“It’s not my behavior that was investigated but I am the leader of the SNP and I take that responsibility very seriously.”

Patrick Grady’s victim says the “bullying” within the SNP after he spoke out was worse than the harassment

After the Commons verdict against Grady was published earlier this month a secret recording of a meeting of SNP MPs reacting to the decision was published by a London newspaper.

At the meeting, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford could be heard saying: “He’s [Grady] going to face a number of challenges over the short term and so he should have our absolute full support.

“I for one very much look forward to welcoming Patrick back into the group next week. I am sure that everybody here will agree. ”

Asked by Ross what her reaction was to the recording, Sturgeon said: “I think it revealed part of what was wrong in that case.

“Some of the individuals who were recorded at that meeting have already said this themselves.

“I wasn’t at the meeting, so whether this is an accurate overall reflection of the discussion, I can’t comment on.

“But what I have heard suggests more concern was shown for the perpetrator of this behavior than was shown to the victim of it.

“I think that is utterly unacceptable and that is something I will be very clear about.”

Sturgeon continued: “We live in a society now, thankfully, where the behavior of this nature is not accepted and is not brushed under the carpet in the way it used to be.”

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