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Former SNP MP Margaret Ferrier faces 30-day Commons ban on travel across Britain with Covid



Former SNP MP Margaret Ferrier faces a 30-day ban from the Commons – and a possible by-election – for traveling across Britain by train when she knew she was ill with Covid.

A former SNP MP could lose his seat after being banned from the Commons for 30 days to travel across Britain after it was discovered he was unwell with Covid.

Parliament’s Committee on Standards has recommended punishment for Margaret Ferrier for violating coronavirus rules in 2020.

The MP traveled around Glasgow and London in September 2020, after being tested for coronavirus without being isolated. While awaiting the results, he spoke in the Houses of Parliament and toured London before returning to Scotland.

Ms Ferrier, who was sacked in a surprise move by the SNP, has already been ordered to carry out 270 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty and recklessly exposing the public to ‘risk of infection, illness and death’.

But the committee handed down an unusually long suspension today, saying ‘had Ms Ferrier been a public sector employee in a position of trust or leadership, she would have faced potentially serious disciplinary consequences, including dismissal, for this or a similar act’. .

The length of the ban will allow a recall petition to be launched in his Rutherglen and Hamilton West seats, which could trigger a by-election and provide a huge primary test for new SNP First Minister Humza Yusuf.

Scottish Labor has called on the MP to stand down and said it will press for a recall petition if he does not.

Parliament’s committee on standards has recommended punishment for Margaret Ferrier’s breach of coronavirus rules.

The length of the ban will allow a recall petition to be launched in his Rutherglen and Hamilton West seats, which could trigger a by-election and provide a huge primary test for new SNP First Minister Humza Yusuf.

Ms Ferrier won her seat with a majority of 5,230 at the last election, but it has been an SNP/Labour swing seat for the past two decades.

Daniel Greenberg, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, said Ms Ferrier had ‘breached the code of conduct for MPs by not wanting to self-isolate immediately in the public interest to avoid a potential risk of harm to health or life, or by keeping her personal interests in London’.

He also breached the code because ‘his actions from the time he first tested positive for Covid-19 to when he finally began self-isolation caused significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons and its members as a whole. in general’.

The 62-year-old told the commissioner his decision to travel home after receiving his positive test result had resulted in ‘shock and anxiety, even panic’.

‘I have never believed that I was acting in my own best interests but believed that I was taking the safest course of action in the unfortunate situation I had created when I decided to travel to London, a bad decision. Which I bitterly regret now,’ he added.

The Commons Standards Committee has recommended that he face a 30-day suspension, which MPs will be asked to approve.



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