MP who travelled with COVID will face no further action from Met Police
Written by on 15 October 2020
Margaret Ferrier, the MP who travelled from London to Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, will face no further action from the Metropolitan Police.
Scotland Yard said they made the decision not to take any further action because regulations on self-isolation in England came into force after she was tested.
However, they have referred the matter to Police Scotland.
Ms Ferrier, the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, began experiencing “mild symptoms” of COVID-19 on 26 September and took a test.
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Two days later, the politician was “feeling much better” so took a train to London before speaking in a House of Commons debate.
She found out she was positive for coronavirus after making her speech in parliament, but still decided to travel hundreds of miles home by train to Glasgow the next day, on 29 September.
Metropolitan Police considered whether Ms Ferrier had broken coronavirus rules, which legally require people to self-isolate if they test positive.
But they said that, because Ms Ferrier took a test prior to stricter rules in England coming into force, they would not be pursuing their investigation.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “In this case the test occurred prior to 29 September 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.
“We continue to urge everyone to abide by all legislation and any relevant guidelines to help protect themselves and others.”
Ms Ferrier, who won her Commons seat from Labour at last year’s general election, has been kicked out of the SNP parliamentary party.
But she has resisted calls to resign as an MP, saying she wants to “keep fighting for my constituents because that’s who I am”.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, is among those to have called for Ms Ferrier’s resignation.