Shamed SNP MP Margaret Ferrier is charged by police in Scotland with ‘culpable and reckless conduct’ after ‘she breached Covid rules by travelling 800 miles across Britain while infectious with virus’
- Scottish MP Margaret Ferrier has been arrested and charged by Police Scotland
- Ms Ferrier hit headlines after travelling to London from Glasgow in September
- The 60-year-old was awaiting test results but was later found to be ill with Covid
Scottish National Party MP Margaret Ferrier has been arrested and charged in connection with breaching coronavirus restrictions.
Police Scotland confirmed a 60-year-old woman has been charged with culpable and reckless conduct over an alleged breach of coronavirus regulations between September 26 and 29 last year.
Ms Ferrier was suspended by the SNP in the wake of the scandal but has resisted calls to resign.
Margaret Ferrier spoke in the Commons while ill before returning to Scotland in September
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: ‘We can confirm that officers today arrested and charged a 60-year-old woman in connection with alleged culpable and reckless conduct.
‘This follows a thorough investigation by Police Scotland into an alleged breach of coronavirus regulations between 26 and 29 September 2020.
‘A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal and we are unable to comment further.’
Ms Ferrier, 60, sparked outrage in October after admitting she had travelled by train from her constituency near Glasgow to London while awaiting the results of a Covid test at the end of September.
She spoke in the Commons that night and then travelled back to Scotland the following day after being told the test was positive.
The Metropolitan Police said in October that because Ms Ferrier took a coronavirus test on September 26 – and travelled to London two days later – she could not face action under the Health Protection Regulations 2020, because they only came into effect on September 29.
The new law introduced a £4,000 fine for people who ‘recklessly’ breach lockdown.
Despite facing pressure to resign her seat, Ms Ferrier, who was stripped of the nationalist party’s whip, is now an independent MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West.