Scottish MP admits to breaking COVID-19 regulations while awaiting test results


Margaret Ferrier, elected SNP MP in December 2019, traveled by train between London and Scotland in September 2020, breaking COVID-19 rules despite being told to self-isolate I pleaded guilty to

Ferrier, 61, was due to go on trial this week but was found guilty of “negligently and recklessly exposing the public” to the risk of “infection, disease and death” in a brief hearing at Glasgow Sheriff’s Court on Thursday. Admitted.

She was first elected as MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West in 2015, but lost the seat to Labor’s Ged Killen in 2017 and regained it two years later. Her majority is her 5,230.

Under pressure to resign from Nicola Sturgeon

Ferrier had withdrawn the SNP whip when allegations first surfaced in 2020 and had come under pressure from Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon to resign.

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Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses a press conference to unveil the second independence document at Bute House in Edinburgh on 14 July 2022. (Andrew Milligan – Poole/Getty Images)

But Ferrier, who is due to be sentenced next month and is currently sitting as an independent, could remain until the next general election.

At a court hearing last month, we heard that Ferrier began experiencing symptoms such as a “ticking in his throat” and was tested for COVID-19 on September 26, 2020.

Despite being told to self-isolate due to COVID-19, she went to leisure centers, churches, many shops and bars in Rutherglen and Glasgow that day and the next, and traveled to London by train. On September 28th, she visited the Capitol.

She did not tell NHS Test and Protect officials about her symptoms. Nor did she say she was waiting for test results when she entered Congress and spoke at a debate on the response to COVID-19.

Ferrier, who learned he had tested positive for the virus later that day, returned to Scotland by train from London and took a taxi from Glasgow station to his home in Camberthlang.

The Speaker of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, described her actions as “reckless” and the Scotsman called her a hypocrite. County Durham Castle.

Her trial, which was scheduled to take place last month, was postponed because expert virologists were overwhelmed by the monkeypox epidemic.

Ferrier has not commented since pleading guilty, but in October 2020 she wrote on her Twitter page: There is no excuse for my actions. “

In June of this year, former SNP MP Natalie McGarry was jailed for embezzling £25,000 ($30,350) from a woman in the party and an independent pressure group.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Chris Summers

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Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a wide range of national coverage, with a particular interest in crime, police and law.