Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has said that the Scottish Parliament needs to take action to restore the public’s faith in their MSPs.
Mr Halcro Johnston made his comments earlier today during a debate about new legislation on complaints about MSPs, following a number of revelations of inappropriate conduct within the Parliament.
The Parliament was discussing a proposed Standards Committee bill that would tighten up the Parliament’s Code of Conduct and allow for inquiries into historic allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
The Scottish Conservative MSP, who is now the longest serving current member of the Standards Committee, said: “We have, institutionally, failed for many years to root out and tackle many of the problems that have given rise to the discussions we are having today.
“We have heard the testimony of many people who have been affected. There are undoubtedly more who have yet to be heard, if they ever will be.”
Speaking later he said: “Bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour is entirely incompatible with an elected position at the heart of public life.
“Although some good work has been carried out, it is quite clear to me that to restore the public’s faith the Parliament needs to toughen its code of conduct to ensure that complaints are rigorously investigated.
“We need to see those changes implemented as swiftly as possible.”