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Sturgeon says she will not be shy about addressing wrongdoing at SNP

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Nicola Sturgeon has said she will “not shy away” from addressing issues of wrongdoing in her party.

That First Minister made the comments while performing at Sophy Ridge Sky news in the Sunday program when she called for a better handling of misogyny and harassment in politics.

It comes after the resignation of a Conservative backbencher who resigned after viewing pornography in the House of Commons.

SNP MP Patrick Grady is under investigation over allegations reported to Westminster’s independent Complaints and Complaints Service (Andrew Milligan/PA).

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Ms Sturgeon was also questioned about allegations of sexual misconduct within her own party SNP MP Patrick Grady is under investigation over allegations that he groped two male researchers.

The incidents are said to have happened at a Christmas party in 2016.

Mr Grady, an MP for Glasgow North, stepped aside as Chief Whip following the claims reported to Westminster’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Service (ICGS).

An independent panel will investigate the allegations.

In a speech on Sky News, the First Minister said she did not know the status of the investigation.



I’m not trying to avoid it. It is important that the process can continue

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

She said: “I have seen what has been reported, as I understand it the process is ongoing. I haven’t seen any findings.”

But Ms Sturgeon stressed she was not trying to “dodge” the issue and said the claims should be fully investigated.

She added: “I’m not trying to avoid it. It is important that the process can continue.

“When I know whether … will finally be proven right, I’ll be happy to come and talk to you about it.

“And I’m happy to be frank about what I think should happen in the circumstances.”

Tory backbencher Neil Parish admitted to seeing pornography in the House of Commons (Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/PA)

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Her comments came as she called for investigating a “culture” of misogyny and sexism with Westminster, amid reports that 15 complaints were made about inappropriate behavior by male MPs.

These include Neil community who admitted to seeing pornography in the House of Commons after female MPs complained about his actions. The Conservative Party suspended him and he has since resigned as MP.

Ms Sturgeon added: “But I don’t think parties can just throw stones when it’s people in other parties who have been found guilty of these things.

“We all have to apply these standards to ourselves and I will not shy away from knowing what the result of these processes is.”

She said the problems could discourage women from entering politics for fear of being targeted.



Far too often, the responsibility lies with women to reflect on or change their behavior, while ultimately it is men who must change their behavior

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar, who previously sat as an MP before becoming MSP, said there was a “clear culture” of misogyny and sexism “in society’s corridors of power”.

Speaking in Glasgow, he said: “Too often the responsibility lies with women to think about their behavior or to change it, when it is ultimately men who have to change their behaviour.

“Women often have to think twice before walking down certain streets to make sure their cell phones are charged while they are out.

“It’s a toxic culture that undermines the very principles I hope we’ll all hold to. We need to get men to understand and change their behavior.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/nicola-sturgeon-snp-neil-parish-first-minister-sky-news-b2069404.html Sturgeon says she will not be shy about addressing wrongdoing at SNP

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