Uk news Decision to clear former MP Ross Thomson of sexual misconduct claims upheld PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The former Scottish Tory MP had faced allegations he 'groped' another MP in a Parliament bar.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A panel set up to deal with bullying and harassment at Westminster has concluded its first case by dismissing an appeal against the decision to clear a former Aberdeen Tory MP of sexual misconduct allegations. Ross Thomson was cleared by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards in October following claims by former Labour MP Paul Sweeney, who said the Conservative had “groped” him in a Westminster bar in October 2018. The Independent Expert Panel (IEP), established last year as part of a complaints process developed following a major report on bullying and harassment in the House of Commons by Dame Laura Cox, considered an appeal by Sweeney against commissioner Kathryn Stone’s decision. But the eight-person panel ruled there was no case to answer for Thomson, who had been elected in 2017. Thomson said he hoped the panel’s decision, which related to allegations submitted in March 2019, marked the “end of the smear campaign against me”. Read More Related Articles Nicola Sturgeon lockdown statement - all you need to know about Scotland's road back to normality Read More Related Articles Universal Credit claims doubled to six million during pandemic figures show In a statement posted on social media, Thomson said he planned to “restart” legal action. The Tory, who ran Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign in Scotland, stood down as the party’s candidate for the Aberdeen South seat in November 2019 after Sweeney went public with the accusations. A spokeswoman for the IEP said it considered each of the five grounds of appeal made by the complainant - whom the panel did not name - “with some care”. She added: "Their judgment found there was no merit in any of the grounds and do not accept that there are any valid grounds for an appeal.
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. “We understand the seriousness of, and the harm caused by, bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct. “We are rigorously independent, impartial and objective, acting without any political input or influence.”
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Thomson said: “l welcome the decision of the Independent Expert Panel to reject Paul Sweeney’s appeal. “This is the second time his false and malicious allegations have been formally dismissed. “I find it astonishing that Mr Sweeney had the brass neck to appeal (against) the commissioner’s original decision, which was based on extensive evidence, including witness statements and CCTV footage, contradicting his story. “I hope today’s decision finally marks the end of the smear campaign against me. “l intend to restart legal discussions now that the appeal process has concluded.”
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