A Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Margaret Ferrier on Sunday admitted that she travelled hundreds of miles after she tested positive for COVID-19.
The Scottish National Party’s Ferrier had travelled down to London to attend Parliament while waiting for her COVID-19 test result and made another journey back to Glasgow, a City in Scotland, by train after receiving the confirmation of her status.
Ferrier apologised for her actions, adding that she has also notified authorities.
She 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 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 the Public Health England. I have also notified the police of my actions.”
She added: “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.”
— Margaret Ferrier MP (@MargaretFerrier) October 1, 2020
Meanwhile, there has been increasing pressure for Ferrier to resign after she admitted to her ‘indefensible’ actions.
Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the SNP and first minister of Scotland, said she had spoken to Ferrier on Friday morning “and made clear my view that she should step down as an MP.”
“I did so with a heavy heart – she is a friend and colleague – but her actions were dangerous and indefensible. I have no power to force an MP to resign but I hope she will do the right thing,” Sturgeon tweeted.