Scotland’s Sturgeon lambasts virus-positive lawmaker who took long train journey

LONDON — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon lambasted one of her lawmakers on Thursday who made a long train journey from London to Scotland despite having received a positive test result for COVID-19.

Margaret Ferrier learned that her test was positive on Monday after she had spoken in Britain’s parliament at Westminster.

“On Monday evening I received a positive test result for COVID-19. I traveled home by train on Tuesday morning without seeking advice. This was … wrong and I am sorry,” she said in a statement.

She also said it was a mistake to have traveled to London earlier on Monday, after feeling unwell and taking a test for COVID-19 on Saturday.

Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, slammed Ferrier for her “utterly indefensible” actions.

“It’s hard to express just how angry I feel on behalf of people across the country making hard sacrifices every day to help beat COVID,” Sturgeon said on Twitter. “The rules apply to everyone and they’re in place to keep people safe.”

The SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, said earlier that he was suspending Ferrier.

Another SNP lawmaker, David Linden, told the BBC that Ferrier should resign as a member of parliament.

Scottish police said Ferrier contacted them on Thursday about her journey after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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