Ian Blackford tells 'Covid-spreading' Margaret Ferrier to quit again as MPs say they're baffled over why she misled them

FURIOUS Ian Blackford today called on Margaret Ferrier to quit AGAIN as MPs claimed they were baffled over why she misled them.

Ms Ferrier travelled from Glasgow to London, even speaking in the Commons after developing coronavirus symptoms.

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The politicians, who has since lost the SNP whip, even appears to have visited a gym, shop and a beauty salon on the same day she started to feel ill and ordered a test.

SNP Westminster leader Mr Blackford today called Ms Ferrier's actions a "tremendous error of judgment".

He told BBC Radio Scotland: "I would say to her that her position isn't tenable, given the circumstances that we're in, and she has to accept her own responsibilities of what she must do. I can't force that upon her, she is no longer an SNP MP.

"I'm pretty angry at what has happened, it is not acceptable."

Ms Ferrier has resisted calls to quit – but has referred herself to the parliamentary standards watchdog as cops confirmed they were investigating.

Ms Ferrier revealed that "on Saturday afternoon, after experiencing mild symptoms, I requested a Covid-19 test which I took that day."

It's not clear when she began experiencing symptoms, or the exact time she took the test.

After feeling better she travelled to London on Monday, attended Parliament, breaking isolation rules to stay put until test results come back.

She got her positive test result on Monday evening, but then chose to travel back home from London to Scotland on Tuesday morning.

It's not yet known when the SNP knew the full details of her trip.

SNP sources said they were only made aware she tested positive and made a trip to London on Thursday.




But she informed them she tested positive – alerting Parliamentary authorities – on Wednesday.

A source told Herald Scotland: “Part of the reason why members of the party are so angry is that she misled them numerous times.

"They are so shocked by this, as she is a genuinely nice woman and a very dedicated MP. They just can’t get their heads around the fact she misled them willingly.”

A fuming Lindsay Hoyle this week told Sky News she was "silly" and "reckless" and it should never have happened.

He stormed: "This is completely reckless behaviour for an MP to put staff and fellow MPs through, it is not acceptable.

"I certainly would expect better, its something what made it worse was only being told on Wednesday, something that was known about on Monday.

"It is a dangerous, dangerous thing to do."

He said it was a "breach of the law".

She faces fines under new English laws, which came in this week, where people face £4,000 if they "knowingly" infect others in a reckless way.

And she could face a fine for breaking isolation rules too – which start at £1,000.

Downing Street has said Boris Johnson believes everyone must follow the coronavirus rules, but refused to be drawn on whether Margaret Ferrier should step down as an MP.

A No 10 spokesman said: "That is a matter for her and her party. We have been clear of the need for people to follow the rules. This is all about saving lives and protecting vulnerable people.

"The Prime Minister has been clear that everybody needs to follow the rules in order to allow us to reduce the spread of the virus and protect lives."

Police are now investigating.


 

 

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