SNP MP ‘felt ostracized’ by party after questioning handling of sexual harassment

An SNP MP has said she felt “ostracized” by her party after questioning the leadership's handling of sexual harassment allegations against Patrick Grady.

Dr Lisa Cameron, MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, claims her Westminster constituency's electoral commission backed a party worker to run for the seat at the next general election, instead of her.

The former consultant clinical psychologist told the Mirror she spoke out after former Westminster leader Ian Blackford told a group meeting MPs should give Mr Grady their “absolute full support” – according to a leaked recording of the event – who was expelled from the SNP. for six months on charges of sexual harassment.

Mr Grady was accused of inappropriately touching a party staff member in 2016.



After speaking at one of the meetings and saying “shouldn't we be supporting the victim?” people were quite hostile towards me, so it wasn't friendly

Dr. Lisa Cameron

Mr Grady had reinstated his membership of the SNP in December 2022, but Dr Cameron claims she questioned why the victim's experience was not prioritized.

In her previous job in the NHS, she said she often worked with victims, prompting her to argue the case during a party meeting in Westminster.

This, she claims, meant that people within the party “were quite hostile” towards her and would not speak to her.

Speaking to the Mirror newspaper he said: “They treated me like I was saying something weird. I was made to feel that I was out of place with the party. I felt ostracized.

“After I spoke at one of the meetings and said ‘shouldn't we be supporting the victim?' people were quite hostile towards me, so it wasn't friendly.

“I couldn't go to the tea room, for example, people wouldn't talk to me. So I had to have a lot of advice to be able to do my normal business in Parliament.”

Dr Cameron, who was elected in 2015, said she plans to seek the support of industry members to allow her to stand for re-election, but if that fails, she could return to her health career.

He added: “I am philosophical about it and will probably consider my position as I can still contribute a lot to our NHS,” he said.

“But my main current focus is to secure the support of industry members and continue to represent my city.”

Scottish Labor deputy leader Jackie Bailey said the allegations were “shocking”.



With the Westminster election looming, people across Scotland will soon have the chance to vote SNP to reject Westminster's cost of living crisis and elect SNP MPs who will work for the better, fairer independent future that Scotland deserves Scotland

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He said: “As the SNP civil war deepens, Scottish Labor is ready to deliver the change Scotland needs.

“It is simply shocking that Lisa Cameron claims to have been prevented after standing up to an SNP sex parasite – it is clear that the SNP is a party in the gutter.

“The SNP cannot represent the people of East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow – Scottish Labour's Joani Reid is ready to deliver the change local people need.

“While Scots face a cost of living crisis, the SNP is turning its back on the people and going to war with itself.”

An SNP spokesman said: “With the Westminster election looming, people across Scotland will soon have the chance to vote SNP to reject Westminster's cost of living crisis and elect SNP MPs who will work for the better , fairer independent future that Scotland deserves.

“Some sitting SNP MPs will be contesting selections after the new constituency boundaries are introduced and it will be up to local members to choose their candidate on a ballot.”