Margret Ferrier Faces Charges For Travelling After A Positive Covid Test

A Scottish MP who rejected calls to resign after breaching restrictions by travelling while awaiting a Covid-19 test has been arrested.

Scottish MP Margaret Ferrier arrested over alleged Covid rule breach
Margaret Ferrier/Picture credit: Financial Times

A Scottish MP who rejected calls to resign after breaching restrictions by travelling while awaiting a Covid-19 test has been arrested.

Margaret Ferrier was suspended from the Scottish National party over her decision to travel by train between London and her constituency near Glasgow following a positive Covid-19 test. She later admitted that she had visited several businesses in Rutherglen on the day the test was conducted.

Last year in October the Metropolitan police said they would take “no further action” against the MP following an investigation since no criminal offence had been conducted.

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On Monday, the 60-year-old was arrested and charged with “culpable and reckless conduct”.

“We can confirm that officers today arrested and charged a 60-year-old woman in connection with alleged culpable and reckless conduct,” said Police Scotland, the national force.

“This follows a thorough investigation . . . into an alleged breach of coronavirus regulations between 26 and 29 September 2020. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal and we are unable to comment further.”

After her journeys came to light, Ms Ferrier took to Twitter in October to apologise for her actions. “There’s no excuse for my actions,” she said in her statement at the time.

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When she was informed that she was positive Ms Ferrier said she “panicked” and the virus had made her “act out of character”. The MP told a newspaper she felt “hung out to dry” by the SNP after her Covid results were released.

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