Margaret Ferrier attended church service after developing Covid-19 symptoms

Margaret Ferrier attended a church service and gave a reading to the congregation the day after she developed coronavirus symptoms, it has been reported.

Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 2:56 pm
SNP MP Margaret Ferrier has apologised for travelling to London to participate in a Commons debate after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms before testing positive and returning to Scotland
SNP MP Margaret Ferrier has apologised for travelling to London to participate in a Commons debate after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms before testing positive and returning to Scotland

The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP developed coronavirus symptoms and took a test on Saturday 26 September.

She breached rules by travelling to London the following Monday and taking a train back to Scotland on the Tuesday after receiving a positive result.

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The Daily Record newspaper reports that Ms Ferrier attended a Mass at St Mungo's Church in Townhead, Glasgow on Sunday 27 September.

She is said to have given a gospel reading from the altar.

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Asked today if Ms Ferrier should be expelled from the SNP as a result of reports she had visited a church to give a reading while symptomatic, Ms Sturgeon said: "I've made my views on Margaret Ferrier very clear and I've nothing to add today that would potentially compromise the due process of the party if I was to say what the outcome of that should be before consideration happens.

"That wouldn't be in anyone's interest and I'm not going to do it."

The Archdiocese of Glasgow said: "For the good of the whole community, it is important that anyone who is required to self-isolate does so in accordance with the Government's guidance, so anyone in that situation should not attend mass.

"It is disappointing if this has not happened but we would like to reassure people that we fulfil all the Government and church guidelines."

The church's website states public mass is limited to 50 people and those who are shielding, self-isolating or feel unwell should not not attend.

Coronavirus rules state that anyone who develops symptoms must self-isolate as they await their test result.

The SNP withdrew the whip from Ms Ferrier on Thursday evening after she admitted breaching the rules, saying she was "very sorry" for her mistakes.

Her admission provoked outrage from across the political spectrum, with many calling for her to step down as an MP.

Nicola Sturgeon said she spoke to Ms Ferrier and made it "crystal clear" she should resign as an MP.

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