01 October 2020 20:36
Our Politics newsletter is now daily. Join thousands of others and get the latest Scottish politics news sent straight to your inbox. Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email The SNP have suspended MP Margaret Ferrier after she admitted a shocking series of Covid rule breaches, including travelling from London to Glasgow following a positive test. The astonishing behaviour sent shockwaves among politicians and across social media with demands for her immediate sacking and resignation. In a statement one hour after Ferrier confessed on Twitter, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford confirmed: "I have spoken with Margaret Ferrier this evening who fully accepts that what she did was wrong.
"Margaret will be referring herself to the parliamentary standards commissioner as well as the police. I am tonight suspending the whip from Margaret." (Image: Getty/Daily Record) Ferrier released her statement shortly after 6pm confirming she had symptoms at home on Saturday, took a test but still travelled by train to London. She spoke in parliament, received a positive test but then decided to go by train back home. In May, she was among those demanding the sacking of Boris Johnson's top adviser Dominic Cummings for a travel breach. Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray said: "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." Ferrier apologised in her statement but did not offer her resignation. She revealed included revealed: "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 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 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." (Image: PA) Ferrier knew she was supposed to self-isolate when she stood up to speak in the Commons, next to other MPs, in a Covid-19 debate. Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: "Margaret Ferrier's decision to get on a train after testing positive for covid is breathtakingly irresponsible. She has undoubtedly put lives at risk. "This was cripplingly selfish and downright dangerous behaviour and I think her position as a public representative in this time of national crisis is untenable." Scottish Conservative MSP Graham Simpson said: "Margaret Ferrier should listen to her own words, do the right thing and resign. If she's shameless enough to try and stay on after acting so recklessly, Nicola Sturgeon must sack her. Margaret Ferrier would expect nothing less." Ferrier was elected MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West in 2015, lost it to Labour in 2017, then one it back two years later. Her constituency is within South Lanarkshire where extra coronavirus restrictions were imposed by the Scottish Government on September 11 after a rise in infections. It followed alarming rises across Glasgow and other surrounding council areas.