An SNP worker has accused the party of “victim blaming” and “bullying” after he made sexual harassment allegations about two MPs.
He claims to have been blocked by SNP parliamentarians on social media and sidelined at his Westminster job.
The “victim blaming” charge is included in a separate complaint against SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford over his alleged role in handling one of the misconduct allegations.
As revealed by the Daily Record, the young staffer made a complaint to the SNP recently about alleged sexual harassment by two MPs.
Patrick Grady, who stood aside as SNP chief whip after the allegations emerged, was accused of touching him inappropriately when he was 19 at London’s Water Poet pub in 2016.
The man alleged that months later, Blackford invited him to an “ambush” meeting at which Grady was present, and where he claims he felt obliged to accept an apology from Grady.
He also claimed that a female SNP MP drunkenly pestered him for sex last year in the Strangers Bar in Westminster.
Blackford denies the allegations about the meeting.
The staffer says he was moved to a different post this year and claims to have been treated badly after lodging the complaint.
“I’ve been given next to no work to do. I’ve written two letters and two press releases in the last two to three months. I have been cut out of the meetings I usually attend, including meetings with the SNP MPs,” he told the Record.
“I have also noticed that MPs and other party people have started to unfollow me on social media, or block me. I can only assume it is to do with that.”
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He accused the SNP of “victim blaming” and added: “Ignoring me and cutting me out is a form of bullying.”
He said he had suffered from “anxiety and bouts of depression” as a result of the SNP’s handling of the complaints:
“I have taken years to get the courage to do this, but I am getting punished for it. It is quite detrimental to my mental health.”
“My interests aren’t at the forefront of this - party interests are.”
Although the SNP is investigating the allegations, it is understood the man has also complained about Grady and the other MP to Westmimster’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme.
Part of this complaint is also understood to focus on Blackford’s alleged role in the Grady meeting.
In an interview in March with this newspaper, the man said of Grady: “I was sitting on a couch speaking with colleagues and he perched himself on the side of the couch.
“At that point, he started putting his fingers down the back of my collar, touching me inappropriately there. He was also grabbing my hair.”
He said of the female MP: “She was grabbing my hand, pulling me closer and saying to me things like, ‘You should come home with me.’
“She was saying things that were completely inappropriate in terms of what she wanted to do when I went home with her.”
A Scottish Labour spokesman said: “These are troubling claims and deserve to be fully investigated.
“Victims should never face bullying or exclusion for speaking out about their treatment.
“The SNP only seem to act when these serious issues come into the public domain.
“In this instance it seems clear that they aren’t doing enough.”
An SNP spokesperson said: “The SNP has no knowledge of any complaints and will not be made aware of any complaints received by ICGS. Staff deserve to have complaints dealt with in a confidential manner.”