Patrick Grady

Patrick John Grady (born 5 February 1980) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician.[1] He was elected at the 2015 UK general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow North.[2] 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.

Patrick Grady

House of Commons Official Portrait, 2019
SNP Chief Whip
In office
9 June 2017  10 March 2021
LeaderIan Blackford
Preceded byMichael Weir
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byAnn McKechin
Majority5,601 (15.5%)
Personal details
Patrick John Grady

(1980-02-05) 5 February 1980 (age 41)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party (In Parliament)
Plaid Cymru
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life

He was born in Edinburgh, UK. He was brought up in Inverness and was educated at Inverness Royal Academy, before attending the University of Strathclyde.[3] 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.

Political career

After joining the Scottish National Party in 1997, aged seventeen, he stood at the 2010 general election as the SNP candidate for Glasgow North.[4] In 2012, he was elected as National Secretary of the SNP until he stood down in 2016.[4] He headed the "Yes" campaign in the Kelvin area of Glasgow during the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.[5]

After being elected to the House of Commons, he was appointed as SNP Westminster Spokesperson on International Development and was a member of the House of Commons Procedure Committee until the 2017 election.[6] Like several SNP MPs and MSPs, he also holds membership of Plaid Cymru, although this has no formal effect in the House of Commons.[7] 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.[8] Grady resigned his position as Chief Whip in March 2021 to fight allegations of sexual harassment against two male SNP researchers.[9][10][11][12]

Sexual misconduct allegations

In March 2021 it was reported that Patrick Grady resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

In 2021, it was described that a letter sent to the Speaker in 2017 stated “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”. [13]

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 Patrick Grady four years ago and why the party had not suspended him whilst the investigation was underway. [14]

In April 2021, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that she was aware of a concern about SNP MP Patrick Grady before a harassment complaint was made against him. [15]