MSPs leave Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body as critics accuse Nicola Sturgeon of downplaying harassment claims against a former minister

Two members of the committee that runs the Scottish parliament have stepped down to make way for female representatives, after women from across the Holyrood chamber demanded action at a session to discuss how the parliament deals with sexual harassment.

By the end of Thursday, the SNP’s Gordon Macdonald had resigned from the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, with the party confirming that his place would be filled be a woman, while another member, the Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman, announced he would step down as soon as Holyrood had agreed to a mechanism for more gender-balanced appointments.

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