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Margaret Ferrier of SNP sets off a coronavirus alert in Westminster after Covid-19 was positive


An SNP MP set off a major coronavirus alert in the heart of Westminster tonight after admitting he was more than 400 miles from her Scottish constituency to speak in parliament while suffering from Covid-19.

Margaret Ferrier apologized for leaving her constituency of Rutherglen and Hamilton West, south of Glasgow, to attend the Commons in London on Monday.

She knew she had symptoms of the virus and was waiting for the results of a weekend test when she made the long public trip.

The 60-year-old appeared in the Commons Chamber that evening and gave a four-minute speech to the Commons Chamber during a general debate on Covid-19.

And, amazingly, the next morning after getting a positive test result that night, she took the train 400 miles back to her Lanarkshire headquarters without telling anyone about her condition before self-isolating at home.

MPs from across politics condemned their behavior as reckless and endangered public health.

In a statement tonight, she said: “I apologize unreservedly for violating Covid-19 restrictions by traveling this week when I shouldn't have. There is no excuse for my actions.

On Saturday afternoon, after mild symptoms, I requested a Covid-19 test, which I completed that day. Feeling much better, I took the train to London on Monday to attend Parliament as planned. That was wrong and I apologize very much for my mistake.

Amazingly, the 60-year-old received a positive result on Monday evening and was still appearing in the Commons Chamber (pictured) speaking in a debate about the coronavirus and its impact on the economy and employment

The next morning she took the train back 400 miles to her Lanarkshire headquarters with no announcement of her condition

The next morning she took the train back 400 miles to her Lanarkshire headquarters with no announcement of her condition

Margaret Ferrier

With Nicola Sturgeon

Margaret Ferrier said she was very sorry to have traveled to the Commons from her seat in Rutherglen.

The actions are most amazing because earlier this year they criticized the government for defending Advisor # 10, Dominic Cummings, when he was accused of breaching the lockdown

The actions are most amazing because earlier this year they criticized the government for defending Advisor # 10, Dominic Cummings, when he was accused of breaching the lockdown

Margaret Ferrier's full statement

“I apologize wholeheartedly for violating the Covid-19 restrictions by traveling this week when I shouldn't have. There is no excuse for my actions.

On Saturday afternoon, after mild symptoms, I requested a Covid-19 test, which I completed that day. Feeling much better, I took the train to London on Monday to attend Parliament as planned. That was wrong and I apologize very much for my mistake.

On Monday evening I received a positive test result for Covid-19. I took the train home Tuesday morning without seeking advice. That was wrong too and I'm sorry. Since then I've been self-isolating at home.

& # 39; I used Test and Protect and notified the House of Commons authorities who spoke to Public Health England. I also informed the police of my actions.

“Although I feel fine, I should have isolated myself while waiting for my test result, and I deeply regret my actions. I take full responsibility and I urge everyone not to make the same mistakes as me and to do everything possible to limit the spread of Covid-19. & # 39;

On Monday evening I received a positive test result for Covid-19. I took the train home Tuesday morning without seeking advice. That was wrong too and I'm sorry. Since then I've been self-isolating at home.

& # 39; I used Test and Protect and notified the House of Commons authorities who spoke to Public Health England. I also informed the police of my actions.

“Although I feel fine, I should have isolated myself while waiting for my test result, and I deeply regret my actions. I take full responsibility and I urge everyone not to make the same mistakes as me and to do everything possible to limit the spread of Covid-19. & # 39;

The actions are most amazing because earlier this year they criticized the government for defending Advisor # 10, Dominic Cummings, when he was accused of breaching the lockdown.

In June she told Commons, “Public health experts have raised concerns that Dominic Cummings has undermined public confidence in the lockdown rules, in violation of the Code of Conduct's principle of integrity.

"Will the Cabinet Office investigate possible violations of Mr. Cummings' Code of Conduct, or have Ministers again decided that they have enough experts?"

The Shadow Secretary of Labor, Wes Streeting, said, “She was right about Dominic Cummings. Will she stick to her own high standards now or his low standards?

"And which standards will Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP adhere to?"

Labor's Ian Murray added, “This is an amazing recklessness by an SNP MP that has endangered people's health.

'Through her irresponsible actions, she may have passed the virus on to a vulnerable person who may now have COVID-19 and is at risk. It has put passengers, rail workers, co-workers, commons workers and many others at unacceptable risk.

“Breaking the rules twice is simply unforgivable and has undermined all the sacrifices of their constituents.

Nicola Sturgeon needs to come out and condemn her MP's actions and tell the Scottish people what disciplinary action she will take. There can be no rule for Margaret Ferrier, another for everyone else. & # 39;

Tory MP Alicia Kearns said it was "unforgivable". Ms. Ferrier waited three days to tell MPs that she had tested positive for the virus.

She tweeted: “The number of people at risk, MPs and staff in parliament and their families, as well as everyone in public transport and those who have all been concerned with since then. It's absolutely shameful to wait three more days to tell someone it's unforgivable. & # 39;

A spokeswoman for the House of Commons said tonight, “The priority of the house is to ensure that the residents of the property are safe while doing business is facilitated.

& # 39; We have closely followed public health guidelines on action following a confirmed case of COVID on the ground. Parliament has a dedicated team that supports the testing and tracing teams across the UK and acts as a single point of contact for any suspected or confirmed cases where a person has worked on the estate.

"We are also conducting a range of cleaning operations to ensure that the property staff can maintain a clean and hygienic work environment and to ensure that Parliament is following government guidelines on safe work during the coronavirus."

& # 39; Our risk assessment describes the measures we have already taken to reduce the risk of transmission in Parliament. The speakers and the political leadership of both chambers are constantly reviewing the situation. & # 39;

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