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Tory MP apologises after he ‘quite simply forgot’ to wear mask on the train

Written by on 21 September 2020

A Conservative MP has apologised after he was pictured on a train without a face covering by another passenger.

Danny Kruger, MP for Devizes, was pictured without a face covering on a train service running from Hungerford to Paddington on Friday.

The passenger uploaded the image onto Twitter, where it has gained over 4,000 likes and 13,000 retweets, writing: “Don’t blame it on the young people Boris when your own party aren’t even following your rules.”

In a statement, Mr Kruger, who was first elected to represent the Wiltshire constituency last year, said: “I boarded an almost empty carriage at Hungerford and quite simply forgot to put on my mask.

“When I got to Paddington I realised my mistake and covered up for the rest of my journey.

“If the person had reminded me rather than taking a photo and posting it on social media I would of course have put on my mask then and there.

“I do apologise for my mistake.”

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This comes after Mr Kruger posted a Facebook message on 7 September, telling his constituents, “If, like me, you are already using the train, or are thinking of it, remember: you MUST wear a face covering unless you are exempt”.

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In England, face coverings on public transport have been mandatory since 15 June to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak

Failing to comply with the measure can result in an on-the-spot fine of GBP100 – this can double with each offence, reaching a maximum of GBP3,200.