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Scotland First Minister Urges MP Margaret Ferrier to Stepdown after her Controversial Covid Trip



Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged MP Margaret Ferrier to resign after she travelled by testing positive for coronavirus.

 Margaret Ferrier had travelled from Glasgow to London with Covid-19 symptoms, then returned home after testing positive.

"I’ve spoken to Margaret Ferrier and made clear my view that she should step down as an MP. I did so with a heavy heart - she is a friend & colleague - but her actions were dangerous & indefensible. I have no power to force an MP to resign but I hope she will do the right thing," the tweet read.

The MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West said she had experienced mild symptoms on Saturday and was tested for coronavirus. However, she decided to travel by train to Westminster on Monday before getting her result because she was "feeling much better".

Ms Ferrier has been suspended by the SNP, but cannot be sacked as an MP.

Everybody criticized the unbelievable and unusual behaviour of Ms Ferrier.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he could not believe her behaviour.

Sir Lindsay said he was "very, very angry" that Ms Ferrier had put people at risk of infection by her "reckless" decision to travel to and from Westminster and speak in the chamber.

Ms Sturgeon told her daily coronavirus briefing that Ms Ferrier had been guilty of the "worst breach imaginable" and said she had made it "crystal clear" that she should stand down in the interests of the overall integrity of the public health message.

Ms Ferrier has apologised and said she "deeply regretted" her actions but has given not yet given any indication of whether or not she intends to continue sitting as an independent MP.

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