Nathan Sparling

Nathan Sparling, a male drag queen, was charged with an offence of voyeurism in March 2021. He is accused of taking a photograph of a man’s penis in his Edinburgh flat on September 30, 2019. Sparling pled not guilty and the trial date was set for 9 August, 2021.

Sparling, 30, is a former campaign manager for Angus Robertson (the Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader from 2007 to 2017) and was chief executive of HIV Scotland from December 2018 until December 2020.

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*Update: August 2021*

Sparling appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in August 2021 which heard that his defence team did not have all the necessary disclosure regarding the case from prosecutors at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. The trial was adjourned until March 2022.

Media reports

Edinburgh Evening News https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/crime/former-aide-to-top-snp-politician-appears-in-the-dock-at-edinburgh-sheriff-court-3339878 archive

The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/former-snp-campaign-manager-nathan-sparling-in-court-on-voyeurism-charge-5lb0mv9sn

Third Sector https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/former-charity-chief-charged-voyeurism-offence/management/article/1710451