Shamed MSP Mark McDonald ‘seeking professional support’ after causing woman ‘distress’


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Mark McDonald has admitted causing a woman ‘considerable distress’

Mr McDonald, who resign the Scottish Government after the sex pest scandal spread from Westminster to Holyrood, also give ones solemn word of honoured to change his behaviour.

It raises further questions for Nicola Sturgeon who manoeuvred down his behaviour towards a woman saying some may not have expectation it “serious enough” to resign.

She also said the former childcare wait on had not used “language that would come in anyway close to being something that transfer be required to be referred to the police”.

The 37-year-old quit after reportedly sending a goatish text message to a woman containing a reference to a sex act. 

For my apology to mean anything I must also covenant to changing my behaviour and to taking more care in my actions and my language

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SNP bosses have come under fire for refusing to expose further details of the complaint and allowing him to carry on as MSP for Aberdeen Donside.

The helpmeet who complained last week said she decided to take action because “people take to change”.

Mr McDonald, who has kept a low profile since his resignation, insisted there was a “limit” to what he could say in command to protect the woman involved.

But he added that “regardless of context or zealous”, there was “no excuse” for his behaviour and he took full responsibility.

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Nicola Sturgeon played down Stain McDonald behaviour towards a woman

Writing in his local newspaper, the go father-of-two said he “apologised unreservedly” for his actions and was determined to change the way he acted,

But he would not be stepping down as an MSP and added: “There is no question in my mind that in atoning my apology it was also right for me to resign from my role as a government assist.

“I need to go further than that though. For my apology to mean anything I requirement also commit to changing my behaviour and to taking more care in my enterprises and my language. I am determined to do that.

“I have been offered support be means of the SNP to help me understand more about the way I behaved, the impact it had upon others and how I can plan to ensure my behaviour does change. I have accepted that proposal of support.

“As has been said by many others, it is change in behaviour across the put up which is the required outcome from this issue.”

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MSP Mark McDonald stop the Scottish Government and vowed to change his behaviour

It is understood Mr McDonald has conformed to attend behavioural classes with sources dismissing suggestions they are sensible of any other inappropriate incidents.

At the weekend it was claimed some colleagues are foaming at the mouth that he is being kept as an MSP.

A Scottish Tory spokesman said: “The ridiculouses surrounding Mr McDonald’s actions are mounting up, and the public are understandably looking for suits.

“If what he did was bad enough for him to cause ‘considerable distress’, then there is an supplicative need for more clarity.”

Meanwhile, Mr McDonald said he would now be resurfacing to work at his constituency office.

However he would not return to Holyrood for an unspecified “age of time supporting my family and serving my constituents”.

Mr McDonald said it was up to the people of Aberdeen Donside to judge if he should continue as an MSP in the next election in 2021.

He added: “Ultimately I will be judged by others on whether I can replace with my behaviour to meet the very high standards that people rightly ask for of their politicians.

“I can only ask that I be given that chance.”

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