‘Coronavirus-spreading’ SNP MP Margaret Ferrier ‘visited gym, gift shop and beauty salon on SAME DAY she got tested’
AN MP suffering from coronavirus symptoms appeared to visit a gym, shop and a beauty salon on the same day she started to feel ill and ordered a coronavirus test.
Margaret 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, according to her Twitter feed.
It came as Police Scotland, the Met and British Transport Police tonight announced a fresh police investigation into possible breaches of the law.
Photographs posted last Saturday show her at several venues in the morning – including a leisure centre in South Lanarkshire, a salon in Rutherglen and a shop in Burnside.
Another message read: “Popped into Vanilla Salon to wish Kelly, Anna and her team well for the future. I’m loving the decor, bringing some pizzazz to #Rutherglen. They were singing the praises of @CarolNugentSNP for all her help.”
She also revealed on her Twitter feed: “Supporting the Great British Week of Sport with a visit to South Lanarkshire Eastfield Lifestyle.
“It’s good to see customers coming back to use gym & dance classes with safeguards in place. Thanks to Manager Stewart & Valerie for the tour.”
She was pictured at the leisure centre alongside staff – though they appeared to be social distancing.
But Ms Ferrier revealed last night that “on Saturday afternoon, after experiencing mild symptoms, I requested a Covid-19 test which I took that day.”
It’s not clear when she began experiencing symptoms, or the exact time she took the test.
The Sun has been unable to contact Ms Ferrier’s office for comment on the reported trips.
After feeling better she travelled to London on Monday, an attended Parliament, breaking isolation rules to stay put until test results come back.
She got her positive test result on Monday evening, but then chose to travel back home from London to Scotland on Tuesday morning.
It’s not yet known when the SNP knew the full details of her trip.
SNP sources said they were only made aware she tested positive and made a trip to London on Thursday.
But she informed them she tested positive – alerting Parliamentary authorities – on Wednesday.
It was hours before the news was revealed on Thursday evening in a statement to the nation.
Nicola Sturgeon and several of her colleagues in the SNP have called on her to do the right thing and quit as an MP – but she has yet to say whether she will throw in the towel.
And the SNP were accused by the Tories of a cover-up, by holding onto information and possibly putting more people at risk.
But leader of the Scottish Tories, Douglas Ross, said the SNP’s story was “full of holes” and Ms Ferrier must quit now.
He said today: “The SNP’s timeline is full of holes and any reasonable person can see that.
“They are stretching the truth on a daily basis now. If it’s not the First Minister lying to the Scottish Parliament, it’s Ian Blackford treating the public like fools.
“Ian Blackford also must answer why he knew on Thursday morning about a potentially criminal act and let it lie until that night.
“Margaret Ferrier wasn’t even cast adrift until after the public outcry and she still hasn’t been sacked by the SNP, only suspended.
“Actions speak louder than words. The vital public health message we all need to follow cannot be tarnished. Get rid of Margaret Ferrier and tell us the truth.”
Trail of infection across her local area
COVID symptoms can take days to appear – raising the possibility she may have been ill for some time beforehand. Here’s the timeline of events for the MP this week.
Spoke in House of Commons in debate on Belarus (1.36pm)
Visit to Co-op meeting/baby shower in Rutherglen (tweeted picture 4.43pm on Friday)
Visit with police officers in her area (tweeted picture at 4.34pm)
Visit to South Lanarkshire Eastfield Lifestyle gym/pool (tweeted picture on Saturday at 11.27am)
Visit to Vanilla Salon in Rutherglen (tweeted picture 12.23pm on Saturday)
Visit to ‘Sweet P’ Gift boutique in Burnside (tweeted picture on Saturday, 12.30pm)
Saturday afternoon – started feeling unwell and took a test
Monday – travelled to Parliament on the train from Glasgow
Monday evening at 7.15pm: spoke in the House of Commons
Monday evening: received Covid-19 positive test result
Tuesday morning: Travelled from London back to Glasgow on the train
Wednesday: SNP whips were informed
Wednesday afternoon: Houses of Parliament and Speaker’s office informed
Thursday morning: Westminster leader Ian Blackford informed of full details of case
Thursday evening: Margaret Ferrier tweets the story and apology
Later Thursday evening: Ian Blackford withdraws whip from Ms Ferrier
A fuming Lindsay Hoyle today told Sky News she was “silly” and “reckless” and it should never have happened.
He stormed: “This is completely reckless behaviour for an MP to put staff and fellow MPs through, it is not acceptable.
“I certainly would expect better, its something what made it worse was only being told on Wednesday, something that was known about on Monday.
“It is a dangerous, dangerous thing to do.”
He said it was a “breach of the law”.
She faces fines under new English laws, which came in this week, where people face £4,000 if they “knowingly” infect others in a reckless way.
And she could face a fine for breaking isolation rules too – which start at £1,000.
Today DUP Jim Shannon revealed he was contacted by the Parliamentary authorities as he was sat near Ms Ferrier at dinner on Monday evening.
He tested negative, but is isolating as a precaution.
Downing Street has said Boris Johnson believes everyone must follow the coronavirus rules, but refused to be drawn on whether Margaret Ferrier should step down as an MP.
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.”
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In May, Ms Ferrier called for Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings to resign after he was accused of breaking lockdown to see family 260 miles from his home.
Mr Cummings travelled 30 miles to Barnard Castle from Durham, which he said was to test his eyesight.