Margaret Ferrier SNP MP is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police following a “consultation with Police Scotland.”
Ferrier travelled from Scotland to London on Monday whilst having Covid symptoms, then made a speech in Parliament was tested positive for the virus and then travelled back to Scotland via public transport.
Ferrier had the Whip withdrawn and SNP leader First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that she had made it “crystal clear” that she should resign.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement, “An investigation is under way into reported breaches of the Health Protection Regulations 2020.On Thursday October 1, 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 September 29, 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.”
A spokesperson for the House of Commons confirmed said, “The House’s priority is to ensure that those on the estate are safe while business is facilitated.
“We have closely followed public health guidance on the action to take following a confirmed case of covid on site. Parliament has a dedicated team to support the test and trace teams across the UK, acting as a central point of contact in the event of any suspected or confirmed cases, where an individual has been working on the Estate.
“We are also implementing a number of cleaning measures to ensure those working on the Estate can maintain a clean and hygienic working environment and ensuring Parliament adheres to the Government’s ‘working safely during coronavirus’ guidance.
“Our risk assessment outlines the measures we have already put in place to reduce the risk of transmission in Parliament. The Speakers and political leadership of both Houses are keeping the situation under constant review.”
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