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MP apologises for travelling on public transport after positive COVID test

Written by on 1 October 2020

An MP has apologised for travelling on public transport after testing positive for coronavirus, having originally travelled down to London and attending Parliament while waiting for her test result.

The SNP’s Margaret Ferrier said in a statement there was “no excuse for my actions” and “I apologise unreservedly for breaching COVID-19 restrictions by travelling this week when I shouldn’t have”.

“On Saturday afternoon, after experiencing mild symptoms, I requested a COVID-19 test which I took that day,” the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West said.

“Feeling much better, I then travelled to London by train on Monday to attend Parliament as planned.

“This was wrong, and I am very sorry for my mistake.”

On Monday, Ms Ferrier spoke in the coronavirus debate in the Commons, the evening she says she tested positive.

Her statement continued: “I travelled home by train on Tuesday morning without seeking advice.

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“This was also wrong and I am sorry. I have been self-isolating at home ever since.

“I have used Test and Protect and I have notified the House of Commons authorities who have spoken with Public Health England. I have also notified the police of my actions.

“Despite feeling well, I should have self-isolated while waiting for my test result, and I deeply regret my actions.

“I take full responsibility and I would urge everyone not to make the same mistakes that I have, and do all they can to help limit the spread of COVID-19.”