An SNP MP has apologized for traveling to Westminster despite symptoms of Covid – and for returning home after testing positive.
Margaret Ferrier, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, said there was “no excuse for my actions”.
She said she took a test on Saturday – but went to Westminster on Monday because she was feeling ‘a lot better’.
Ms Ferrier received a positive test result the same day, then took a train back to Scotland on Tuesday.
The MP said she informed the police and deeply regretted her actions.
Ms Ferrier said she took a test on Saturday afternoon after experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ but traveled to London by train on Monday.
She spoke at the coronavirus debate in the House of Commons on Monday and said she received a positive test result that evening.
“I got home by train Tuesday morning without asking for advice. It was also a mistake and I’m sorry, ”she said.
“I’ve been self-isolating at home ever since. ”
The SNP does not remove the whip from Ms. Ferrier and waits for the police to investigate.
It is understood that the leaders spoke to her earlier today and it was made clear that she had “let down”.
Labor MP Ian Murray said Ms Ferrier should face disciplinary action for her ‘astonishing recklessness’.
“She has exposed unacceptable risks to passengers, railway staff, fellow MPs, Commons staff and many others,” he said.
“It is simply unforgivable to break the rules twice and have undermined all the sacrifices made by your constituents. ”
The train conductors union Aslef described his actions as “both dangerous and shameful”.