FM repeats quit call
Shamed Covid MP Ferrier refuses to resign
Margaret Ferrier addressing the Commons while having Covid symptoms
Nicola Sturgeon today repeated calls for shamed SNP MP Margaret Ferrier to resign her seat after it emerged that she was refusing to step down.
Ms Ferrier, who has been suspended by the party, says she will not quit despite public outrage over her repeatedly breaching coronavirus rules by travelling while suffering from symptoms of the disease.
The MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West admitted making the train journey to Westminster as she awaited a Covid-19 test result, and returning to Glasgow when she knew she had the virus.
The First Minister today speaking on Sky News said the MP’s “lapse of judgement” was “significant and so unacceptable” after “flagrantly” disobeying the rules.
“I cannot be clearer: She should step down from parliament,” said Ms Sturgeon.
There has been widespread calls for Ms Ferrier to resign, from opposition politicians and from the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford.
However, in an interview with the Scottish Sun on Sunday, she said she had no intention of standing down
She told the paper: “This has been an awful experience but I’ll keep fighting for my constituents because that’s who I am.”
She added that she has received support locally in the wake of the incident and has “owned up and apologised profusely”.
She also spoke out about the level of criticism she has received over the incident, adding: “You feel you are getting a lot of criticism from people you thought were your colleagues or friends who’d understand it was an error of judgement. I’m not denying that.
“People may be saying, ‘You should have known better, you’re a public figure’. But at the end of the day it still hurts. You then think about all that hard work and dedication – is that just wiped away?”
Despite her pleas for sympathy, social media was awash with calls for her to go and to be fined for her actions.