Sexual harassment investigation against MP Patrick Grady has been dropped

Detectives dropped the investigation after speaking to the alleged victim (Picture: PA)

Scotland Yard has dropped its investigation into sexual harassment claims against former SNP MP Patrick Grady, saying ‘no further action’ will be taken.

Detectives said they made the decision after speaking to the alleged victim.

The former chief whip resigned after police launched the probe into allegations he groped a 19-year-old staff member at an east London pub in 2016.

A parliamentary watchdog report said Mr Grady was alone with the staffer when, under the influence of alcohol, he made sexual advances believing it ‘would be welcomed’.

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

After it found Mr Grady had acted inappropriately, he told the House of Commons he was ‘profoundly sorry’.

A Met spokesperson said: ‘On Wednesday June 22 police received a third party allegation of sexual assault that is said to have taken place in October 2016 at a commercial premises in Folgate Street, E1.

‘Officers carried out enquiries including speaking to the alleged victim.

The former SNP MP resigned from his post and is now an Independent (Picture: Shutterstock)
Critics have hit out at the SNP’s response to the sexual harassment allegations (Picture: PA)

‘There will be no further police action at this time.’

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon highlighted the party’s handling of the case was flawed because the victim felt unsupported.

Critics have called on SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford to resign over his handling of the case.

In a leaked video, Mr Blackford could be heard telling MPs to rally round Mr Grady and said he looked forward to ‘welcoming Patrick back’.

It led Scottish Conservative chairman Craig Hoy to accuse the SNP leaders of ‘treating a disgraced MP with more sympathy than the victim who suffered sexual harassment’.

He added: ‘The party leadership should be ashamed of the way they have handled this scandal.’

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: ‘At no point has Ian Blackford showed an ounce of leadership. 

‘He voiced absolute full support for Patrick Grady over the victim, allowed SNP whips to act menacingly and resorted to intimidation.’

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