A NATS MP who was recently promoted to a frontbench job is facing an allegation she sexually harassed an SNP staffer in a Commons bar.
North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson can today be named as the second politician accused by a young party worker of inappropriate behaviour, following similar revelations about ex chief whip Patrick Grady.
The Scottish Sun understands new evidence has come to light in recent days regarding those said to have witnessed the alleged Gibson incident, and this was today passed to Nats HQ.
We told on Monday how the man still works for the SNP Westminster group, but has said he has been sidelined since making accusations about Mr Grady and Ms Gibson.
But evidence seen by The Scottish Sun suggests the alleged Gibson incident at the Strangers’ Bar in the Commons on January 8 last year was witnessed by at least one other SNP MP.
The man who has accused her of harassment told SNP HQ and Commons authorities in separate complaints that two Nats MPs and a staffer from another party witnessed the alleged conduct in the Strangers’ Bar.
The new evidence appears to suggest that following the alleged incident, one of the MPs raised the prospect of the man making a formal complaint.
Tonight, the man said he hoped the SNP would “finally act” in light of the new information he provided.
And he said he was “shocked” to see Ms Gibson “still serving on the SNP frontbench”.
However, Ms Gibson said the allegations were “malicious” and “without any foundation”.
She said there was “no substance to allegations suggesting inappropriate sexual behaviour by me” and she said the new evidence “does not support the allegations being made by this complainant about me which appear to have changed over time”.