MP who groped 19-year-old man at pub punished with two-day suspension

An SNP MP is facing suspension from the Commons after making unwanted sexual advances to a 19-year-old party worker.

Patrick Grady, 42, was with the teenager at the SNP social event in the Water Poet pub on October 20, 2016.

All other MPs had left and Grady was alone with the staffer when, under the influence of alcohol, made sexual advances mistakenly believing it ‘would be welcomed’, a Westminster report said.

Grady touched and stroked the teen’s neck, hair, and back but ‘desisted’ when it ‘became apparent his conduct was not welcome’, it added.

The panel concluded: ‘An unwanted physical touching, with sexual intent, from a senior MP to a junior member of staff, even on a single occasion, is a significant breach of the policy. It must be marked by some period of suspension from the House.

‘However, for all the reasons we have set out, in this case it should be short, and will be somewhat shorter than it might have been by reference to the breaches of confidentiality by the complainant.

‘We consider that the respondent should be suspended for two sitting days from the House, and that neither day should be a Friday.

‘In addition, the respondent must make a full and unreserved apology to the House via a personal statement.’

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