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Ex-SNP Margaret Ferrier skips an 800-mile round trip to Parliament with coronavirus symptoms


Former SNP MP Margaret Ferrier brushed off her 800-mile round trip to Parliament with coronavirus symptoms as a "slip" and instead blamed the "mixed up" rules.

The 60-year-old politician has yet to leave the House of Commons despite being exempted from the SNP whip for being told to stop to endanger people's lives.

She's now clinging to her £ 80,000-a-year job by claiming Covid "makes you act out of character".

Scotland Yard previously confirmed that Ms Ferrier's admission that she had traveled 400 miles from Glasgow to London – while waiting for the results of a test – was examined and then took the train back after being told it was positive.

Ms. Ferrier told The Sun on Sunday that she had panicked but remained firmly convinced that she had followed the rules correctly.

Speaking of the backlash, she said, "You feel like you get a lot of criticism from people who you thought were your co-workers or friends who would understand it was a single mistake."

But her demeanor was rated "exceptionally arrogant" by Tory MSP Annie Wells, who said, "She has put lives in danger. Time to go."

SNP Margaret Ferrier brushed off her 800 mile round trip to Parliament with coronavirus symptoms as a "slip" and instead blamed the "mixed up" rules

Ms. Ferrier traveled by train from Scotland to London while she was waiting for the results of a Covid test late last month, and then traveled back the following day after being told the test was positive.

Pictures on her Twitter page showed her in several public places likely to be busy on a Saturday, including the Vanilla Salon and the South Lanarkshire Eastfield Lifestyle Leisure Center in Rutherglen, as well as the Sweet P gift shop in Burnside.

Ms. Ferrier said, “A lot of people say Covid makes you do things outside of character. You don't think clearly.

At that moment, when I thought it was going to be negative and positive, I was extremely shocked. You could have knocked me over …

Ms. Ferrier, 60, (pictured with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon) has yet to leave the House of Commons despite being stripped of the SNP whip for being told to stop in order to put people's lives in danger

Ms. Ferrier, 60, (pictured with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon) has yet to leave the House of Commons despite being stripped of the SNP whip for being told to stop in order to put people's lives in danger

& # 39; It can be a serious error of assessment. I do not deny that. People may say, "You should have known better, you are a public figure" – but at the end of the day it still hurts. You think then, is all that hard work and dedication just wiped away? & # 39;

Ms Ferrier went on to say that the rules had "changed and so mixed up" in recent months.

She also slammed critics who compared her to Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister's aide, who had traveled 260 miles to be around relatives at the height of the pandemic.

Ms Ferrier could face a £ 4,000 fine for first "inconsiderate" contact with others if she were supposed to self-isolate under a law that went into effect on the day she tested positive.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said earlier this week he was "surprised, amazed and shocked" that Ms. Ferrier has not resigned yet.

He told Sky News & # 39; Sophy Ridge on Sunday her actions were & # 39; irresponsible and dangerous & # 39 ;.

Meanwhile, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has recently been under pressure to join a recall petition that could oust Ms. Ferrier from her job.

Scottish union leader Richard Leonard said Ms. Sturgeon must support the move that could be sparked if she is suspended from the House of Commons for two weeks.

According to parliamentary rules, the MPs would stand before a by-election if at least 10 percent of their 81,000 voters would sign.

Ms. Sturgeon used a series of sayings and said her "head is in her hands" when she was told that her "friend and colleague" had broken the law, sources told the Times.

The Scottish First Minister also referred to Margaret Ferrier as "Margaret Covid" in a mistake during Friday's press conference when debating when she first knew Ms. Ferrier had violated coronavirus restrictions.

She said at the time, “The first thing I knew about Margaret Covid, um, Margaret Ferrier, who had Covid, was yesterday afternoon. I think people can imagine how I will react to that. & # 39;

However, Ms. Sturgeon had previously made exactly the same gaffe, explaining: "Patrick Grady and the SNP did not know last Monday or Tuesday that Margaret suspected Covid or then confirmed Covid."

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