SNP MP Margaret Ferrier 'very sorry' after travelling between London and Scotland on train TWICE with coronavirus

SNP MP Margaret Ferrier has apologised today after she travelled between London and Scotland on a train twice while having Covid-19.

Ms Ferrier, 60, experienced Covid-19 symptoms on Saturday and took a test.

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She then travelled from Scotland to London on Monday before receiving a positive result that evening.

On Tuesday, Ms Ferrier returned to Scotland from London.

Ms Ferrier spoke for four minutes in the chamber in Parliament on Monday evening during a "General debate on Covid-19".

In a statement, Ms Ferrier said: "I apologise unreservedly for breaching Covid-19 restrictions by travelling this week when I shouldn't have. There is no excuse for my actions.

"On Saturday afternoon, after experiencing mild symptoms, I requested a Covid-19 test which I took that day. Feeling much better, I then travelled to London by train on Monday to attend Parliament as planned. This was wrong, and I am very sorry for my mistake.

"On Monday evening I received a positive test result for Covid-19. I travelled home by train on Tuesday morning without seeking advice. This was also wrong and I am sorry. I have been self-isolating at home ever since.

"I have used Test and Protect and I have notified the House of Commons authorities who have spoken with Public Health England. I have also notified the police of my actions.

"Despite feeling well, I should have self-isolated while waiting for my test result, and I deeply regret my actions. I take full responsibility and I would urge everyone not to make the same mistakes that I have, and do all they can to help limit the spread of Covid-19."

In May, Ms Ferrier called for Boris Johnson's adviser Dominic Cummings to resign after he was accused of breaking lockdown to see family 260 miles from his home.

Mr Cummings travelled 30 miles to Barnard Castle from Durham, which he said was to test his eyesight.

There is no excuse for my actions

At the time, Ms Ferrier said: "Dominic Cummings’ actions have undermined the sacrifices that we have all been making in lockdown to protect each other from coronavirus.

"His position is untenable and he must be removed from his post now.

"The fact that Boris Johnson and senior Tories have backed Dominic Cummings, in the face of widespread and understandable public anger, demonstrates a total failure of leadership at a time of national crisis.

“The public health advice is crystal clear. For the safety of others, anyone with coronavirus symptoms must self-isolate, in line with government guidance. They should not leave the house for any reason.

“Anyone who needs help during periods of self-isolation should make use of the support offered through local authorities, which is open to anyone who needs it.”

BACKLASH

Ian Murray, Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary responded to Ms Ferrier's statement saying: “This is astonishing recklessness from an SNP MP, which has put people’s health at risk.

"Through her irresponsible actions, she very possibly has passed on the virus to a vulnerable person, who may now have COVID-19 and be in danger. She has put passengers, rail staff, fellow MPs, Commons staff and many others at unacceptable risk."

"To breach the rules twice is simply unforgivable, and has undermined all the sacrifices made by her constituents.

"Nicola Sturgeon must come out and condemn her MP’s actions and tell the Scottish people what disciplinary action she will be taking. There cannot be one rule for Margaret Ferrier, another for everybody else.”  

Ms was elected as the SNP's MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West in the 2015 general election. 

She narrowly lost her seat to Labour's Gen Killen at the 2017 snap election, but won it back in the 2019 election. 

Prior to working as an MP, she worked for blue chip manufacturing construction company in Motherwell and as a volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureau. 

She is also the SNP Spokesperson on the Scotland Office and a Member of the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster. 

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