Watch: Mark McDonald – ‘I am not coming back to parliament to antagonise anybody or upset anybody’

Shamed former childcare minister Mark McDonald has insisted he does not want to “antagonise or upset” anyone with his return to Holyrood.

The Aberdeen Donside MSP begged to be given a second chance and promised to keep his head down during a press conference on his return to the Scottish Parliament.

Mr McDonald quit his ministerial role and the SNP after admitting inappropriate behaviour towards women, but intends to sit as an independent MSP despite calls for his resignation.

He was asked how it made him feel that one of the women had felt unable to come in to work at the parliament due to his presence there.

The MSP replied: “I have said throughout this process and I will say again I am not coming back to parliament to antagonise anybody or to upset anybody.

“I am coming back to do the job that I was elected to do on behalf of my constituents, to represent their interests.

“I’m here to keep my head down and do the job that I was elected to do.

“I’m not here to cause any upset or antagonism for people and that is the approach that I will be taking.”

He insisted he did not believe resigning and prompting a by-election was the right thing to do.

The married father-of-two said: “I want to be able to demonstrate the reflections that I’ve undertaken and the commitment I’ve made to improve my conduct and behaviour going forward.

“I don’t think a by-election campaign affords that opportunity to demonstrate that fully to people.”

Mr McDonald has been allocated a temporary office in the parliament’s upper basement near the car park doors, on the opposite side to the nearest staff offices.

He has been absent from Holyrood since allegations were first made against him in November last year.

SNP MSP James Dornan has lodged a formal complaint over his …read more

Source:: Evening Express – All articles

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