Scottish Labour deputy leader Jackie Baillie has reacted to the report by Laura Dunlop QC into the Scottish Government’s handling of harassment complaints. The report set out a series of failings and shortcomings in the policy and procedures adopted by the Scottish Government. Baillie said:
“This review by Laura Dunlop QC is welcome and confirms that the Scottish Government’s sexual harassment policy was not fit for purpose.
What is truly astonishing is that the SNP government did not take this advice when developing the policy, instead rushing it through. Had they taken professional advice beforehand they might have devised a fairer, more effective policy; they could have avoided an expensive and failed judicial review and – vitally – protected the women involved.
It is a damning indictment of the SNP and their failure that let women down who complained about the former First Minister.
The recommendations make it clear that any further complaints of this nature against a former minister must be managed independently and separate from those with any prior interest with any of the parties. The Scottish Government must now implement these recommendations, and ensure that such an expensive and damaging fiasco will never happen again by putting a robust policy in place for the future.”
The Dunlop Report can be read in full here:
Review of the Scottish Government procedure for handling harassment complaints involving current or former Ministers