MP pleads guilty to breaching Covid rules after travelling from London to Glasgow when she knew she had the virus

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File photo 4/11/2019 of MP Margaret Ferrier who has pleaded guilty to breaching Covid rules by travelling on a train between Scotland and London after being told to self-isolate in September 2020, during a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday. Issue date: Thursday August 18, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Ferrier. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

AN MP has pleaded guilty to breaching Covid rules by travelling across the country when she knew she had the virus.

Margaret Ferrier got a train from London to Glasgow in September 2020 having tested positive after suffering a “tickly throat”.

MP Margaret Ferrier has pleaded guilty to breaching Covid rules by travelling across the country

While waiting for the results, the independent MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West also spoke in the Houses of Parliament and had meetings with other politicians.

She got the news she had tested positive for Covid while in London but chose to take the train back to Glasgow rather than self-isolate at a hotel in the capital.

She informed her party of her status the next day.

Ferrier had the SNP whip removed in 2020 after the allegations emerged.

She has come under pressure to resign from her seat, but remains an MP.

Ferrier, 61, of Cambuslang, admitted she had culpably and recklessly exposed the public “to the risk of infection, illness and death” at a Glasgow Sheriff Court hearing yesterday.

Sentencing was deferred until next month pending legal reports.

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