Ruth Davidson has called on the SNP to deliver its verdict on the future of suspended Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald.
The Scottish Conservative leader said his constituents needed active representative at Holyrood and his current absence could not go on “indefinitely”.
Mr McDonald quit as Early Years Minister four months ago after concerns were raised about inappropriate behaviour.
He was suspended later in November after a second complaint was made and he has not been seen at Holyrood since.
Private investigators were reportedly hired by the SNP to probe his conduct and are reported to have submitted their findings to party chiefs, but a decision on any punishment is still to be announced.
Ms Davidson said: “Irrespective of the decision that the SNP makes, I think the time is coming where it has to be made. You can’t have this go on indefinitely.”
The SNP declined to comment.