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SNP MP admits bringing Covid to parliament

SNP MP admits bringing Covid to parliament
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The SNP's Margaret Ferrier has released a statement admitted that she travelled down to London after suffering from Covid symptoms. She then returned to Scotland by train after receiving a positive test result...

The MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West apologised for failing to follow the guidance, set down by her own party leader in Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. She also said she has referred herself to the police. 

In the statement, Ferrier 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-19 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 Public Health England. I have also notified the police of my actions.

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.

UPDATE: Ferrier has had the whip removed. The question now is who in the SNP knew what — and when... 

If, as the Herald suggests, the SNP whips knew on Wednesday, why did the Ferrier wait until Thursday evening to tell people? This matters, particularly in parliament, because most MPs return to their constituencies on a Thursday, meaning anyone infected could be spreading the virus across the country...

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