SNP MP Margaret Ferrier probed by police after travelling TWICE between London & Scotland on train with coronavirus

POLICE have tonight launched an investigation after SNP's Margaret Ferrier travelled TWICE between London and Scotland while she had coronavirus.

Cops said that she contacted Police Scotland herself to report she had breached legislation and guidance relating to coronavirus.

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The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "On Thursday, 1 October, a Member of Parliament contacted Police Scotland to report she may have breached legislation and guidance relating to Covid-19.

"This related to her actions earlier this week, including a train journey on Tuesday, 29 September, between London and Glasgow, following a positive Covid-19 test.

"Following consultation with Police Scotland, officers from the Metropolitan Police, working with British Transport Police, are conducting an investigation into potential offences.

"The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has been informed."

Margaret Ferrier made a reckless tour of the UK after getting a coronavirus test and failing to self-isolate.

She travelled almost 400 miles by train, spoke in Parliament, and then returned to Scotland by train after she found out she was positive for coronavirus.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said this lunchtime that Ms Ferrier's breach was the "worst imaginable" kind after the SNP MP got a train from London to Scotland and back while infected with coronavirus.

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Ms Ferrier, who has lost the SNP whip for travelling to London before getting her test results, visited several local businesses on the same day she took her test.

A No 10 spokesman said: "That is a matter for her and her party. We have been clear of the need for people to follow the rules. This is all about saving lives and protecting vulnerable people.

"The Prime Minister has been clear that everybody needs to follow the rules in order to allow us to reduce the spread of the virus and protect lives."

The first breach the SNP MP might have made is under tough new laws in England that mean people face fines of up to £10,000 for failing to self-isolate.

But Ms Ferrier might have just slipped under the net, as the laws came into force on Monday, and she was tested over the weekend.

Ms Ferrier's second breach was of the guidance in Scotland which directs anyone who either has symptoms of coronavirus or has taken a coronavirus test to isolate while they await their results.

This is not a law but the standard fines for breaking social distancing rules start at £60.

If people continually break the rule this doubles each repeat offence up to a maximum of £960.

A refusal to pay a fixed penalty could result in a court fine of up to £10,000.


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