The SNP spoke of allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to the present former council chief almost 5 years in the past amid requires him to give up the occasion following new allegations.
Jordan Linden stepped down as chief of North Lanarkshire Council final week after allegations surfaced that he groped and raped a youngster in Dundee in September 2019.
However new revelations counsel issues about Mr. Linden have been raised by SNP bosses as early as 2017 – months after he grew to become an advisor.
In line with the Sunday Mail, the warning was emailed to SNP bosses in November 2017, 5 months after he grew to become an official in North Lanarkshire.
It stated: “Jordan Linden is just not certified to signify the SNP as a political group. “I hope you look into these particulars and query him about his earlier conduct.”
In line with the paper, SNP compliance officer Ian McCann contacted the sufferer and Mr. Linden apologized. However 4 days later, Mr Linden withdrew his software for parliamentary membership.
The Sunday Mail reported that a number of individuals who have been members of the Scott Youth Parliament made claims in opposition to Linden when he was chairman.
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In line with the newspaper, one college scholar claimed that he was despatched unsolicited semi-nude photographs and always supplied Mr. Linden.
One other man claimed that in 2017 he advised police that he had been sexually assaulted by Mr. Linden, however didn’t wish to press prison prices as a result of he felt he wouldn’t be believed.
He was additionally accused of wooing younger individuals and of apologizing messages for sending inappropriate messages.
Mr Linden branded those that made the claims as “liars”.
Scottish Conservative MP Annie Wells stated: “As quickly as the primary statements about Linden got here out, the very first thing the SNP did was attempt to conceal them from the general public.
“Their first thought was to guard the occasion, not the complainer. We have now seen this method many occasions from SNP, most just lately throughout the Patrick Grady scandal.
“Though Linden did the correct factor in the long run, the SNP saved saying there was nothing to take a look at, downplaying the general public curiosity and persevering with the smokescreen.
“It is time for the SNP to talk up about how they take care of instances of abuse and harassment inside their ranks apart from shutting them down on the first signal of hassle.”
Scottish Labor Occasion MP Neil Bibby added: “These revelations are stunning and once more elevate questions on how the SNP is dealing with grievances inside the occasion.
“It appears that evidently from the very prime, the method to complaints is lies and rallying.
“The ruling occasion should do higher and the SNP’s disgraceful makes an attempt to comb this below the carpet should cease.”
A spokesperson for the SNP stated: “We have been conscious that Scottish youth had contacted the Scottish Police to analyze allegations that might contain people who have been members of the Scottish Nationwide Occasion.
“We perceive that Police Scotland have concluded that no motion is required.
“SNP takes all complaints significantly. “If one other group upheld a grievance in opposition to an SNP member, we must think about whether or not that might have affected that particular person’s membership standing in any means, however so far as we perceive, no complaints have been acquired.”
M. Linden resigned as head of the council on Wednesday after admitting wrongdoing, however stated he meant to stay on the SNP council.
He stated, “Whereas I by no means approached any private interplay with malicious intent, I acknowledge that my conduct at that occasion in 2019 brought on a sense of discomfort that I utterly remorse.”