The SNP has promised an exterior evaluation will be held to take a look at the assist out there to employees after an worker claimed he had endured a “living hell” after making a grievance in regards to the behaviour of MP Patrick Grady.
he Glasgow North MP was discovered by an unbiased investigation to have behaved inappropriately in the direction of the male celebration employee at a perform and was suspended from Parliament for 2 days.
But the dealing with of the grievance has drawn criticism, most notably from the sufferer himself, who has stated he’s now contemplating authorized motion.
Speaking for the primary time in regards to the matter, SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford stated he was “determined that staff have the support they need” as he promised an exterior evaluation would be carried out.
His feedback come after audio was leaked of a celebration assembly the place Mr Blackford stated he was “very much looking forward to welcoming Patrick back into the group” and inspired fellow MPs to offer him “as much support as possible”.
The complainer nevertheless stated he feared he wouldn’t be “well received” at work, as he added he was contemplating his choices.
“If that includes legal action, then so be it,” he added.
We will think about all lessons that should be learned to ensure employees have full confidence they will obtain the assist they want.SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford
In an announcement launched on Tuesday night, Mr Blackford stated: “As SNP Westminster chief, I’ve an obligation of care to all of our employees.
“That is why I deeply regret that a member of staff was subject to inappropriate behaviour. It was completely unacceptable and should never have happened. I am sorry that it did.”
He added: “Staff should have full confidence that the group takes complaints severely.
“In this case, the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme investigated what happened. We respect and accept that independent process.”
Mr Blackford continued: “More than that, nevertheless, employees have a proper to really feel absolutely supported when a grievance is made. I remorse that the complainant doesn’t really feel that that is the case.
“The way that this situation has played out publicly over the last few days, including recordings from the parliamentary group, has caused distress to the complainant amongst others and I am sorry that is the case.”
He acknowledged: “We will think about all lessons that should be learned to ensure employees have full confidence they will obtain the assist they want.
“As such, I’m initiating an exterior evaluation of assist out there to employees, to sit down alongside the unbiased recommendation service and unbiased complaints course of.
“Raising complaints of this nature is never easy, and I am determined that staff have the support they need.”
Mr Grady has already stated he was “profoundly sorry” for his behaviour after being discovered to have breached Parliament’s sexual misconduct coverage.
His feedback got here after an report into his conduct stated he “made an unwanted sexual advance to the complainant that included the touching and stroking of the complainant’s neck, hair, and back”.
Commenting on Mr Blackford’s assertion, Scottish Conservative Party chairman Craig Hoy stated: “It’s astounding that it took Ian Blackford this lengthy to understand he ought to apologise.
“The SNP Westminster chief has proven appalling judgment and is barely now saying sorry in a determined bid to avoid wasting his personal pores and skin.
“His credibility is in tatters and he must go, so that no victim is ever let down this atrociously again.”