SNP Margaret Ferrier swept her 800-mile round-trip trip to Parliament with coronavirus symptoms like a ‘blip’ and instead blamed the ‘muddled’ rules.
The 60-year-old politician has yet to resign from the House of Commons despite being stripped of the SNP’s whip when she asked him to resign for putting people’s lives in danger.
She is now hanging on to her £ 80,000-a-year job claiming that Covid ‘makes you act out of your character’.
Scotland Yard had previously confirmed that it was reviewing Ms Ferrier’s admission that she had driven 400 miles from Glasgow to London – awaiting test results – and then returned to the train after being told he was was positive.
SNP Margaret Ferrier swept her 800-mile round-trip trip to Parliament with coronavirus symptoms like a ‘blip’ and instead blamed ‘muddled’ rules
Ms Ferrier told The Sun on Sunday that she had “panicked” but remained adamant that she had followed the rules correctly.
Speaking of the backlash, she said, “You feel like you’re getting a lot of criticism from people you thought were your coworkers or friends who would understand it was a hit. “
She traveled by train to London from Scotland while awaiting the results of a Covid test, then returned the next day after being told the test was positive.
Images on her Twitter page showed her in several public places that may have been busy on a Saturday, including the Vanilla Salon and South Lanarkshire Eastfield Lifestyle leisure center in Rutherglen, and the Sweet P gift shop in Burnside.
Ms Ferrier said: ‘A lot of people say Covid makes you do things out of your character. You don’t think clearly.
“At that point, when I thought it would come back negative and it was positive, I was completely shocked. You could have knocked me over …
Ms Ferrier, 60, (pictured with Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon) has yet to resign from the House of Commons despite being fired from the SNP’s whip after she asked him to resign for putting people’s lives in danger.
“This can be a serious error in judgment. I do not deny it. People may say, “You should have known better, you are a public figure” – but in the end, it always hurts. So do you think all that hard work and dedication is just wiped out?
Ms Ferrier went on to say that the regulations “had changed and were so confusing” in recent months.
She also criticized critics who compared her to Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s assistant, who traveled 260 miles to be close to loved ones during the height of the pandemic.
Ms Ferrier could face a £ 4,000 fine for a first offense of ‘reckless’ contact with others when she should have self-isolated under a law that came into effect on the day of her positive test .
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said earlier this week he was “surprised, astonished and shocked” that Ms Ferrier has yet to resign.
He told Sky News “Sophy Ridge Sunday that his actions were ‘irresponsible and dangerous’.
Meanwhile, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has recently come under pressure to sign a recall petition which could force Ms Ferrier to quit her job.
Scottish Labor leader Richard Leonard has said Ms Sturgeon must support the decision which could be triggered if she is suspended from the Commons for two weeks.
Under parliamentary rules, the MP would face a by-election if at least 10 percent of her 81,000 voters signed.
Ms Sturgeon used a series of curses and said her “head was in her hands” after learning that her “friend and colleague” had broken the law, sources told The Times.
The Scottish Prime Minister also referred to Margaret Ferrier as ‘Margaret Covid’ in an error at a press conference on Friday, as she discussed when she learned Ms Ferrier had flouted the coronavirus restrictions.
She said at the time: ‘The first time I found out Margaret Covid, uh, Margaret Ferrier had Covid, was yesterday afternoon. I think people can imagine my reaction to hearing this.
However, Ms Sturgeon had previously made the exact same blunder, saying: ‘Patrick Grady and the SNP did not know last Monday or Tuesday that Margaret Covid had suspected or confirmed Covid. “