An MP Travelled From Scotland To Parliament With Covid Signs, Examined Optimistic, And Travelled Dwelling Once more

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An MP Travelled From Scotland To Parliament With Covid Symptoms, Tested Positive, And Travelled Home Again


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A Scottish Nationwide Occasion politician has issued an apology and has had the get together whip suspended after travelling a whole lot of miles throughout the nation whereas infectious with coronavirus.

Margaret Ferrier, the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, travelled 350 miles from her constituency to Parliament on Monday by prepare after affected by signs of the virus over the weekend.

On Monday evening she obtained a optimistic consequence. The following day she travelled again to her residence in Scotland, once more through prepare, the place she has been self-isolating.

In a press release she mentioned she was sorry for the breach of the foundations that imply somebody should isolate instantly in the event that they develop signs, and proceed that isolation in the event that they obtain a optimistic take a look at consequence.  

SNP Westminster group chief Ian Blackford confirmed the whip had been suspended from Ferrier.

She was additionally condemned on Twitter by Nicola Sturgeon who mentioned her actions have been “totally indefensible”. She would later add on Friday that she had requested Ferrier to resign.

Ferrier, who’s the get together’s manufacturing spokeswoman, mentioned: “There is no such thing as a excuse for my actions.

“On Saturday afternoon after experiencing gentle signs, I requested a Covid-19 take a look at, which I took that day. 

“Feeling significantly better, I then travelled to London by prepare on Monday to attend Parliament as deliberate. This was incorrect and I’m very sorry for the error.

“On Monday night I obtained a optimistic take a look at consequence for Covid-19. I travelled residence by prepare on Tuesday morning by prepare with out searching for recommendation. This was additionally incorrect, and I’m sorry. I’ve been self-isolating at residence ever since.”

She spoke in a debate within the Home of Commons on Monday evening and it isn’t identified whether or not some other MPs must isolate. 

She has additionally knowledgeable the police and Public Well being England of her actions.

She had publicly condemned Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings when he travelled from London to County Durham through the lockdown, in what was broadly perceived as being towards the foundations.

Ian Murray, Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary, responding to Ferrier’s assertion, mentioned: “That is astonishing recklessness from an SNP MP, which has put individuals’s well being in danger.

 

“By means of her irresponsible actions, she very presumably has handed on the virus to a weak particular person, who could now have COVID-19 and be in peril. She has put passengers, rail employees, fellow MPs, Commons employees and plenty of others at unacceptable danger.

 

“To breach the foundations twice is solely unforgivable, and has undermined all of the sacrifices made by her constituents. 

 

“Nicola Sturgeon should come out and condemn her MP’s actions and inform the Scottish individuals what disciplinary motion she will likely be taking. There can’t be one rule for Margaret Ferrier, one other for everyone else.”