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SNP MP Margaret Ferrier Won't Step Down Despite Breaking Coronavirus Rules

SNP MP Margaret Ferrier Won't Step Down Despite Breaking Coronavirus Rules

Ferrier travelled from Glasgow to London and back with coronavirus symptoms, but now says she won't resign from Parliament

Margaret Ferrier, the Scottish National Party MP who travelled to and from Parliament from her constituency despite suffering from coronavirus symptoms, has said that she won't resign from her post.

Earlier on this month, the Rutherglen and Hamilton West representative admitted that she'd travelled from Glasgow to Westminster whilst waiting for the results of her Covid-19 test, then travelling back one she'd received her positive test.

Obviously, Ferrier's actions have caused quite a controversy, with even First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford publicly stating that she should stand down.

However, speaking to the Scottish Sun today, Ferrier - who has had the whip withdrawn by her party - said that she doesn't have any intentions of standing down.

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She told the paper: "This has been an awful experience but I'll keep fighting for my constituents because that's who I am."

Ferrier continued: "A lot of people say Covid makes you do things out of character. You are not thinking straight. I'm not making an excuse.

"At that moment when I thought it would come back negative and it was positive I was utterly shocked. You could have knocked me over.

"While the last ten days have been a highly stressful situation I'm still continuing to work hard for my constituents while I'm unwell. I'm still continuing to work despite everything.

"You feel you are getting a lot of criticism from people you thought were your colleagues or friends who'd understand it was an error of judgement. I'm not denying that.

"People may be saying, 'You should have known better, you're a public figure'.

"But at the end of the day it still hurts. You then think about all that hard work and dedication - is that just wiped away?"

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The whole problem started when Ferrier defied the Scottish Government's rules stating that anyone showing symptoms of the virus should stay at home.

Ferrier then said that she wasn't sure what to do when she travelled south, and thought she'd followed advice for MPs when heading back to her home in Scotland.

She added: "I think that's why I was so shocked and panicked on Monday night when I got my result and thought, 'How has this happened because I don't feel unwell?'.

"Over the last six months the regulations and guidelines have changed and been so muddled.

"I felt well when I got up on Monday morning. If I'd in any way felt any symptoms I would not have travelled, obviously."

Then she claims her fear for her relatives and of isolating in a hotel for two days - Ferrier doesn't rent or own another property in London - clouded her judgement, leading her to return home to Cambuslang near Glasgow.

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Now, she's been suspended from her party and faces investigation from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

If one in ten of her constituents sign a petition demanding it, a by-election will be triggered.

Ferrier believes that she has the support of her constituents, and will not step down.

She concluded: "I love my job. I made a mistake and I've apologised. I owned up to it and apologised profusely. I have a lot of support locally saying, 'We hope you stay and do the job'."

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Topics: UK News, Scotland, Politics