|SNP Chief Whip|
9 June 2017 – 9 March 2021
|Preceded by||Michael Weir|
|Succeeded by||Owen Thompson|
|Member of Parliament|
for Glasgow North
|Assumed office |
7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Ann McKechin|
Patrick John Grady
5 February 1980
|Political party||Scottish National Party (In Parliament)|
|Alma mater||University of Strathclyde|
Patrick John Grady (born 5 February 1980) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician. He was elected at the 2015 UK general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow North. He was re-elected for the same constituency in the 2017 general election on 8 June 2017, and in the 2019 general election on 12 December 2019.
Grady was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was brought up in Inverness and was educated at Inverness Royal Academy, before attending the University of Strathclyde. Between 2011 and 2015, he worked as an advocacy manager for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, and has also lived and worked in London and Malawi.
After joining the Scottish National Party in 1997, aged seventeen, Grady stood at the 2010 general election as the SNP candidate for Glasgow North. In 2012, he was elected as National Secretary of the SNP until he stood down in 2016. He headed the "Yes" campaign in the Kelvin area of Glasgow during the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.
After being elected to the House of Commons, Grady was appointed as SNP Westminster Spokesperson on International Development and was a member of the House of Commons Procedure Committee until the 2017 election. Like several SNP MPs and MSPs, he also holds membership of Plaid Cymru, although this has no formal effect in the House of Commons. After the 2017 election, he was appointed as Chief Whip of the SNP Westminster Group, and was re-appointed to this role after the 2019 election.
Sexual misconduct allegations
In March 2021, newspapers reported that an anonymous letter sent to the Speaker John Bercow in 2017 claimed "A member of staff recently left the SNP who was groped sexually by Patrick Grady at last year's Christmas Party. There was another male staff member who was groped sexually by Mr Grady the same night of last year".
Scottish Conservative MP John Lamont wrote to SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford in 2021 urging him to explain why no action was taken after sexual harassment allegations were made against Grady four years earlier, and why the party had not suspended him whilst the investigation was underway.
In April 2021, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that she was aware of a concern about Grady before a misconduct complaint was made against him. On 16 April, a story appeared in The Times stating that the alleged sexual harassment complaint against Patrick Grady had been upheld. Grady, 42, allegedly "inappropriately" touched an SNP male staff member, then aged 19, in a London pub. The alleged victim was then in a meeting with Ian Blackford, the SNP Westminster leader, and Patrick Grady regarding the matter, which the alleged victim described as an "ambush".
In June 2022, Grady was suspended from the Commons for two days following a complaint that he had made "an unwanted sexual advance" to a junior member of staff by stroking their hair, neck and back. In the same month, a report from the Independent Expert Panel published advice that Grady should be suspended from the House of Commons.
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