An MP who used public transport while knowing she was infected with coronavirus has referred to it as a “blip”.
Margaret Ferrier says that the virus “makes you act out of character” in an interview with the Sun on Sunday.
The MP, 60, told the paper that she “panicked” and insisted she followed the rules.
“A lot of people say Covid makes you do things out of character. You’re not thinking straight.
I don’t have a flat in London. You’re thinking, ‘Am I going to get worse in a week’s time or a few days’ time’.
I felt there was no alternative and that’s why I took the train. That’s the decision I took at the time.”
Speaking on Sky’s Sophie Ridge on Sunday programme SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said:
“We suspended her from the party and we now have a due process to go through. I can’t unilaterally decide to expel somebody.
But I couldn’t be clearer – she should step down. I’ve read her comments in the media today but I still hope she will do the right thing.
It is unacceptable that someone in her position flagrantly disregarded the rules like that.”
Ferrier replied to this saying: “It may be a serious error of judgment. I’m not denying that. People may be saying, ‘You should have known better, you’re a public figure’. But at the end of the day it still hurts. You then think is all that hard work and dedication just wiped away?”
Ferrier also described regulations and guidelines issued during the pandemic as “muddled”.