SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation

  • Alfie Baron
Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.

McDonald said:

"The findings, which I cannot disclose other than in very general terms, confirm that I have accepted that my behaviour towards two individuals fell below the level of professionalism that they were entitled to expect of me, whether in a professional or a social context.

“While at no stage was my behaviour in any way physically abusive, and while it was certainly not my intention to cause any upset, discomfort or offence to those concerned, it is clear through the concerns highlighted in the report that I have done so.

“That is something which I deeply regret. I would like to take the opportunity here and now to offer a public and unreserved apology to those individuals for the hurt and offence that I have caused them.”
He is set to return to Holyrood next week.

Chris Musson tweeted details of the SNP Investigation after Mark McDonald had given his resignation speech. Mr Musson tweeted:

Here are the SNP's findings of its sleaze investigation into ex Scottish Government children's minister Mark McDonald - now the independent MSP for Aberdeen Donside. No wonder he didn't hang around to take questions after his resignation statement
Mr Musson's attachment highlighted some of the relevant points:

  • Mark McDonald was suspended from the SNP on 16 November 2017.
  • An independent investigation was commissioned to consider reports of inappropriate behaviour.
  • The investigators concluded that Mr McDonald’s inappropriate behaviour had been deliberate in nature.
He should have been aware that it was not appropriate for an individual in his position to be acting in such a manner. His actions included:

  • Inappropriate and unwanted text and social media messages
  • Unwanted attention causing distress
  • Persistent behaviour over an extended period of time

  • Exploiting his position of power
A further allegation of inappropriate physical contact during a social event could not be established and therefore, while there is no intention to doubt the account of the witness, the investigators were not able to reach a definitive conclusion on this matter.

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