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Shamed MP who BROKE coronavirus rules twice to face no further action from Met Police

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Last month, the MP for Rutherglen & Hamilton West travelled to London, despite waiting for a coronavirus test result when she should have been self-isolating. Ms Ferrier later travelled back to Scotland via a train after receiving a positive test result.

To make matters worse, despite knowingly awaiting test results, she gave a speech in the House of Commons where she paid tribute to “all NHS key workers and volunteers”.

On the same day, she later received a positive test result for the virus and afterwards issued a lengthy apology on Twitter.

Ms Ferrier announced she had informed the police of her actions and SNP leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford, suspended her.

He tweeted at the time: “I have spoken with @MargaretFerrier this evening who fully accepts that what she did was wrong.

“Margaret will be referring herself to the parliamentary standards commissioner as well as the police.

“I am tonight suspending the whip from Margaret.”

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon agreed suspending Ms Ferrier was the right action to take.

She tweeted at the time: “This is utterly indefensible.

“It’s hard to express just how angry I feel on behalf of people across the country making hard sacrifices every day to help beat COVID.

“The rules apply to everyone and they’re in place to keep people safe.

“@Ianblackford_MP is right to suspend the whip.”

However, despite breaching COVID-19 restrictions twice, the Met Police have announced no further action will take place.

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The Met stated: “However, on detailed examination of this new legislation, and following legal advice, it was concluded that this regulation is applicable only after the 28th September 2020.

“In this case the test occurred prior to the 29th September 2020 and therefore the regulation does not apply.

“As such, there will be no further action in relation to this investigation from the Metropolitan Police.

“We are in liaison with Police Scotland and have referred the matter to them for consideration.”

This news has been met with anger from Opposition party leaders in Scotland who called for Ms Ferrier to resign from her position.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “People will be furious that Margaret Ferrier might get off with this scot-free.

“She hasn’t lost her job as an MP, she hasn’t been expelled from the SNP, and she hasn’t been charged by the Met.

“Her reckless actions have undermined the vital public health message and many people will be left feeling it’s one rule for politicians and another rule for everyone else.

“The public needs to know that what she did was wrong and cannot be allowed to stand. The SNP must send that clear message by expelling her from the party.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP added: “Margaret Ferrier may have side-stepped the new regulations by one day but it’s clear to people across the nation that she broke the rules and acted in a selfish and dangerous manner.

“It is right that Police Scotland now consider any criminality in her knowingly carrying the disease across Scotland on public transport.

“Margaret Ferrier should have had the good grace to resign. Instead, we must rely on the recall process because she does not deserve to remain in office.”

Although Scotland Yard has ruled out taking any further action, Police Scotland said they will now “assess the circumstances” and they will be consulting with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service before making a decision.

Ms Ferrier previously lashed out at Boris Johnson’s senior aide, Dominic Cummings, for appearing to breach COVID restrictions and demanded he was removed from his post.

She said earlier this year: “Dominic Cummings’ actions have undermined the sacrifices that we have all been making in lockdown to protect each other from coronavirus.

“His position is untenable and he must be removed from his post now.

“The fact that Boris Johnson and senior Tories have backed Dominic Cummings, in the face of widespread and understandable public anger, demonstrates a total failure of leadership at a time of national crisis.”

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