Nicola Sturgeon urges Margaret Ferrier to quit after Covidiot MP vowed not to stand down
NICOLA Sturgeon today called for Covid scandal MP Margaret Ferrier to “do the right thing” and quit after she vowed not to stand down.
The First Minister hit out at Ferrier again and insisted the SNP had “done everything we can” to get her to resign from parliament.
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It came after the Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP revealed in the Scottish Sun On Sunday that she won't resign from her £80,000 a year job.
Ms Sturgeon led calls earlier this month for her to quit after she took a train to London after falling ill then travelled back to Glasgow having tested positive.
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And today she told Sky’s Sophy Ridge: “I’ve read her comments in the media today but I still hope she will do the right thing.”
And she again hit out at the “flagrant” breach and said: “It is not acceptable and sge should resign.”
Ms Sturgeon told Sky News that said that “no party leader has the power” to force one of their MPs to stand down.
She said: “We’ve done everything we can do at this stage.”
Ms Sturgeon said that Ferrier had been suspended from the SNP and added: ”We now have a due process we’ve got to go through. I can’t unilaterally decide to expel her.”
Ms Ferrier, 60, insisted she “panicked” after finding out she had coronavirus — and took a 350-mile train trip back to Scotland.
The SNP politician said having the killer bug made her “act out of character” as she defended her earlier decision to travel to London and speak in Parliament after showing symptoms and taking a test.
Ms Ferrier told The Scottish Sun on Sunday she was stunned to find out she was infected as her “tickly throat” had disappeared by then.
She said: "This has been an awful experience but I'll keep fighting for my constituents because that's who I am.
"I love my job. I made a mistake and I've apologised. I owned up to it and apologised profusely. I have a lot of support locally saying, 'We hope you stay and do the job.'"
The MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West said she was “contrite” over her behaviour.
She said: “A lot of people say Covid makes you do things out of character. You are not thinking straight. I’m not making an excuse.
“At that moment when I thought it would come back negative and it was positive I was utterly shocked. You could have knocked me over.”
Ms Ferrier added: “While the last ten days have been a highly stressful situation I’m still continuing to work hard for my constituents while I’m unwell. I’m still continuing to work despite everything.
“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?”
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