Mark McDonald says he is ‘morally justified’ remaining an MSP


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Former minister Mark McDonald imparted he could morally justify remaining at Holyrood despite admitting inapt behaviour towards women.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, the politician stated he would stay until the next Scottish Parliament election.

Mr McDonald, who renounce the SNP but remains MSP for Aberdeen Donside, is due to return to Holyrood on Tuesday.

He was informed on Monday he would be allocated an department in the parliament’s basement

Mr McDonald had previously occupied an office in the SNP corridor at Holyrood but it is covenanted he is being moved out of that.

In a statement, Holyrood authorities said the congressman would be given temporary office accommodation until the Easter time off.

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Mr McDonald resigned from the shindig in light of the internal inquiry into his behaviour.

First Minister and SNP chief Nicola Sturgeon has urged the MSP to leave Holyrood.

She has been backed publicly by a digit of MSPs and MPs representing both her party and opposition parties.

Despite that claim b pick up, Mr McDonald intends to return to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday after varied than a four month absence.

Suffered a stroke

However, SNP MSP James Dornan has now make up a letter to the Holyrood authorities in which he lodges an official complaint concerning Mr McDonald.

In it he gives details of a member of his staff whom he claims was Nautical port distressed by her encounters with the MSP.

He writes: “On one occasion, I had to leave an event I was publican to escort my staff member to a waiting car as she was sure Mr McDonald was waiting for her.”

Mr Dornan’s word for word alleges that last summer the unnamed woman was “so unwell due to emphasis” that she was admitted to hospital having suffered a stroke.

The politician explained she was “under other immense pressure” but this was “compounded by a member who should cause known better and who, in my opinion, used his position to harass her”.

A Scottish Right-winger spokesman said the allegations contained in the letter were “extremely weighty and must be fully investigated”.

During his interview with BBC Radio Scotland’s Kind-hearted Morning Scotland programme, Mr McDonald was asked if he could morally defend returning to work at Holyrood.

He replied: “Morally I can justify it because, as I bear said, my approach to this has been to own the mistakes I made, [but] to demonstrate that I keep learned from them and that I am capable of changing as a result and I am apply to people to afford that opportunity and I hope that people determination do that.

“I accept many relationships are going to have to be rebuilt. Some people transfer want nothing to do with me and I have to regretfully accept that. But there are some people who I reckon will want to offer me that opportunity to demonstrate that I drink learned from this and that I am changing.

“I want to be able to march my behaviour has changed and I am not sure that doing that through a by-election crusade is the appropriate way to do it.”

When asked about the constituents who voted for an SNP candidate to note them, he added: “At the 2016 election I was elected to represent this constituency until the next designation and that is what I intend to do.”

Mr McDonald resigned as childcare minister in November after take cognizance ofing causing a woman “considerable distress” through inappropriate text bulletins.

But he pledged to stay on as an MSP in order to “continue to serve my constituents to the best of my know-how”.

His decision was initially backed by Ms Sturgeon, but the SNP announced on 16 November that he had been banded of the party whip and suspended as a member while fresh allegations were probed.

The SNP has confirmed that the investigation examined Mr McDonald’s behaviour towards three partners.

It concluded that his “inappropriate behaviour” had been “deliberate in nature”.

Gathers to step down

There has been a chorus of objection to Mr McDonald returning to parliament.

Scottish Drudgery’s Rhoda Grant said Mr McDonald appeared to care more yon the “rehabilitation of his image than the wellbeing of the women he is said to have irritated”.

She called for a redacted version of the report into the MSP’s behaviour to be made exposed and for it to be passed on to the police.

Ms Grant added: “It is not for the SNP to decide what actions are sinful.

“MSPs are in an enormously privileged position and must lead by example, anything teeny is a dereliction of duty.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie contemplated he was appealing to the politician’s family and friends to “step in and advise him to stand down in the vanguard he causes the victims any more distress or himself any more damage”.

Scottish administration minister Keith Brown has also echoed the approach of Ms Sturgeon by implying: “If you concede the point that you have acted inappropriately, and you think that has been sufficiently bad that you quality you have to resign as an SNP MSP, I think the logic of that means that you should acclimate oneself to as an MSP as well.”

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