Patrick Harvie Scotland reports record travelers Patrick Harvie Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon must say 'as much as you can' over Fergus Ewing bullying claims probe, insists Green minister

Reading now: 348
dailyrecord.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to say "as much as you can" over bullying allegations made against her former Cabinet colleague Fergus Ewing.Patrick Harvie, the minister for zero carbon buildings and active travel, said governments had a responsibility to be transparent while also protecting their employees.

The Scottish Greens co-leader told the Record he was confident the Scottish Government would "do its best to strike a balance between respecting its legal obligations and giving transparency where it can." Ewing, an SNP MSP, was reportedly the subject of a bullying complaint by civil servants when he served as the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism.

The allegations - which Ewing denies - were made by three officials and escalated into a formal process in 2020. The probe was completed last year - but the Scottish Government has sparked fury by refusing to comment on the outcome.

When the matter was raised at Holyrood last week by Anas Sarwar, Sturgeon said: "I am not in a position to get into these issues because there are very considerable legal data protection issues that I am bound by. "Governments have a duty of transparency, but governments also have a duty to abide by the law on privacy and on data protection."Ewing left the Cabinet in May last year following the Holyrood election.Harvie joined the Scottish Government later that year under a power-sharing deal between the SNP and Greens.Asked if ministers should now confirm if the complaint was upheld, he said: "I think the First Minister genuinely reflected that there are legal responsibilities that an employer has to take seriously."So as long as the legal responsibilities can be met, then there's an argument for saying as much as you can about how

Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk
The website celebsbar.com is an aggregator of news from open sources. The source is indicated at the beginning and at the end of the announcement. You can send a complaint on the news if you find it unreliable.

Related News

DMCA