Rape Crisis Scotland questions validity of Scottish Tory ‘sexual harrassment’ verdict on its own MSP

A women’s rights campaign group has questioned the validity of an ‘innocent’ verdict reached by the Scottish Conservatives after sexual harrassment complaints were made against one of its own MSPs.

Rape Crisis Scotland issued its statement after news emerged that Ruth Davidson’s party had cleared one of its MSPs after he was accused of having sexually harrassed a woman at a Holyrood event in February.

The woman said Scottish Conservative MSP Miles Briggs [pictured right above] had made persistent unwanted advances on her and that they had left her feeling intimidated and humiliated.  The MSP denied the allegations.

Briggs subsequently revealed he had been cleared after a meeting of the Scottish Conservatives’ disciplinary committee.  The news was later confirmed by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson who said the hearing had “reviewed the evidence submitted from both sides” – including written statements – and concluded that “Mr Briggs is not guilty of sexual harassment”.

However the verdict was immediately slammed by campaign group Rape Crisis Scotland.  In a statement the group appeared to suggest the verdict had been pre-determined.

It said: “The fact that the Scottish Conservatives issued a press call for journalists to interview Miles Briggs about his reaction to the outcome of today’s hearing, prior to the hearing even starting, raised significant concerns for us about whether the woman in this case ever had any possibility of justice.”

The criticism was echoed by the alleged victim, who said: “I’m gutted that Miles has been found to have done nothing wrong.

“I’m said and angry that the process was so terrible that it felt as though this end result was written from very early on.”

Rape Crisis Scotland also criticised the process employed by the Scottish Conservative party which included allowing Mr Briggs to question his alleged victim.

It said: “The women in this case faced a process which was intimidating and inappropriate.  She was asked to attend a hearing, without representation, to be questioned by the MSP she had made a complaint about.”

The campaign group advised the un-named woman, and witnesses who had provided statements supporting her claim, not to attend the hearing.

Despite the above concerns over the validity of the verdict having been raised by Rape Crisis Scotland well in advance of that evening’s Reporting Scotland, they were not included in flagship evening news programme when it covered the issue.

The broadcaster, believed by many viewers to operate a pro-Union news agenda, is not expected to cover the more critical comments from Rape Crisis Scotland over Scottish Conservative handling of the complaint and the party’s decision to clear the MSP.

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7 thoughts on “Rape Crisis Scotland questions validity of Scottish Tory ‘sexual harrassment’ verdict on its own MSP

  1. Jockanese Wind Talker

    Compare and contrast with the way any elected (or former) SNP MSP/MP is handled when accused of wrongdoing (sexual or otherwise).

    It is ‘trial by media’ vs ‘nothing to see here’.

    If this was SNP it would be

    “Cover up shame, Sturgeon must act”

    or

    “SNP sex pest MSP must resign” etc. etc.

    The subject of all questions at this weeks FMQs.

    Front page, top of the hour TV and Radio rinse and repeat for weeks.

    But ‘cos it is an allegation against a British Nationalist MSP it’ll be mentioned once, briefly then ignored as if it didn’t happen.

    1. Alasdair Macdonald

      The contrast in media coverage certainly grates, but, I think we have to get away from using such allegations to score partisan points.

      We need to create an ethos whereby allegations of sexual harassment can be made without fear of recrimination and that the person being accused can be afforded anonymity. We also need to have an investigatory regime, which removes the insinuations of bias that are usually cast at the outcomes.

  2. John

    ““I am especially grateful to the SNP parliamentary researchers who were among those who supported my case”.

    Great that honesty and truth was put before party politics.

  3. Robert Graham

    I guess this will be extensively covered by the Scottish media ,

    The recent indiscretions linked to every Unionist Party and the subsequent silence by all the Media is really quite disgraceful and very worrying ,if this look the other way nothing to see attitude is acceptable to Journalists and News editors then they are lower than i thought and deeper in the cesspit of their own making .

    I hope Alex is taking careful note of the approach taken to anyone associated with the independence movement and the SNP in particular .

  4. bringiton

    The Tories are very big on self regulation i.e. light touch,do what you like sort of thing.
    Only for them and their vested interests of course.

  5. Scott

    You state in this article.

    The broadcaster, believed by many viewers to operate a pro-Union news agenda, is not expected to cover the more critical comments from Rape Crisis Scotland over Scottish Conservative handling of the complaint and the party’s decision to clear the MSP. so you might be interested in part of a reply from I received from them.

    We also note your comments on door-stepping. We regularly interview political leaders from all parties; we treat them all in a similar fashion; and we follow the BBC Editorial Guidelines on door-stepping. All of our recent interviews with the First Minister have taken place in circumstances where she had agreed in advance to give an on-camera interview.
    I asked when they were to door step regarding Davidson but no mention of her in the reply.

  6. Brian Powell

    The reality is the Tories don’t need to worry about what they do because a large chunk of the Scottish population are cowed. They sort of complain, but end up in the ‘what can you do?’ cul de sac.
    The Tories control Westminster, with the help of the Labour enablers, so ultimately control what happens in Scotland.
    Labour are enablers because they spent 50years doing nothing for Scotland. The result is Scotland lost so many of its young, leaving the old, frightened, selfish, so active changes terrifies them.

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