SEX MP Patrick Grady has been spotted in the by-election campaign – sparking outrage from his victim.
The disgraced Nat, who molested a teenage staff member, campaigned alongside SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn and candidate Katy Loudon.
They were on the ground in Cambuslang as the Nats tried to keep the vacant seat in Rutherglen and Hamilton West after Covid rule-breaker Margaret Ferrier was kicked out by voters.
And the young man, whom Grady molested in 2016, said he was “deeply discouraged” that a disgraced Nat was involved in an attempt to replace another.
He said, “Despite the pain and trauma I experienced as a victim of Patrick Grady’s sexual harassment, he continues to enjoy the support and company of influential figures within the SNP.”
“This sends a worrying signal about the party’s commitment to accountability and the well-being of survivors. It is a painful reality to witness.”
In June last year, an investigation by Westminster’s Standard Enforcement Agency concluded that Grady had committed sexual misconduct by “touching and fondling” his victim’s neck, hair and back.
The Glasgow North MP has been banned from the House of Commons for two days and suspended from the SNP for six months.
In an apology in Parliament, Grady said he was “deeply sorry”.
We’ve already reported on how Grady plans to defend his seat in the next general election – though it’s not yet clear if he’s passed the SNP exam to run as a candidate.
A party insider said Grady wants to expand his ties with the church to win voters. But Jackie Baillie, deputy leader of the Scottish Labor Party, criticized his “desperate” move.
She said: “It’s a shame to see the MP affected by the scandal being welcomed back with open arms. Once again, the SNP is willing to turn a blind eye to sexual harassment and dirt when it suits them.”
Tory MSP Annie Wells added: “Unless you take out Margaret Ferrier yourself, it’s hard to think of a more glaring choice for the person to run for the SNP in this by-election.”
“Patrick Grady abused his position of authority.
“He is not fit to become an MP and he should not have restored party leadership.
“Putting him on the campaign trail is an insult to his young victim and underscores the SNP’s continued failure to take his wrongdoing seriously.”
The upcoming by-election is Humza Yousaf’s first election test since he became head of the SNP in March.
Pollsters believe the Labor Party, which has only one Scottish MP, will win the constituency.
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