Sturgeon 'angry'

SNP MP suspended for train trips after positive Covid test

Margaret Ferrier speaking in the Commons on Monday night

An SNP MP was facing calls to resign after admitting she twice breached COVID-19 restrictions by travelling on a train to London with symptoms and then back to Scotland after testing positive.

Margaret Ferrier was suspended by her party for leaving her Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency south of Glasgow to attend the Commons in London on Monday.

She knew she was experiencing symptoms of the virus and was awaiting the results of a weekend test at the time she made the journey by train.

She travelled 400 miles back to her Lanarkshire seat by train -– without informing anyone of her condition before self-isolating at home. 

Ms Ferrier apologised for her actions as her own leader, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, branded her actions “utterly indefensible”.

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The MP, who won her back her seat from Labour in December, has referred herself to the police and the parliamentary standards authorities.

Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Commons leader, said he had removed the party whip from the MP.

Ms Sturgeon, tweeted: “This is utterly indefensible. It’s hard to express just how angry I feel on behalf of people across the country making hard sacrifices every day to help beat Covid. The rules apply to everyone and they’re in place to keep people safe.”

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