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Ruth Davidson hints at SNP incompetence in furious outburst after MP broke covid rules

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Yesterday, Ms Ferrier the SNP MP for Rutherglen & Hamilton West, apologised after breaching coronavirus rules.

The MP travelled to London on Monday – when she should have been self-isolating after displaying symptoms for the virus over the weekend and taking a test.

The SNP politician received a positive test result on Monday evening – after speaking in the House of Commons the same day.

On Tuesday, Ms Ferrier breached the rules a second time by travelling home via public transport, without seeking any advice.

Ms Ferrier has since apologised and said she has contacted the police about her actions.

The MP has also been suspended by SNP leader in Westminster Ian Blackford.

Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has also angrily responded to Ms Ferrier’s actions.

Writing on Twitter, Ms Davidson hinted at SNP incompetence. 

She said: “Thought: SNP whip was told on Wed Margaret Ferrier tested positive for COVID.

“She’d been in Commons that week mixing with colleagues.

“They should’ve been told to self-isolate.

“Did whip instruct them to?

“How many also returned to Scotland after mixing with COVID +ive colleague?”

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While giving a speech in the Commons on Monday, Ms Ferrier – knowing she was awaiting test results – paid tribute to “all NHS key workers and volunteers” in her constituency.

Understandably, the news sparked outrage among her own party, opposition parties and the public.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon condemned the actions of Ms Ferrier and backed Mr Blackford’s decision to suspend her.

She tweeted: “This is utterly indefensible.

“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.

“The rules apply to everyone and they’re in place to keep people safe.

@Ianblackford_MP is right to suspend the whip.”

Many people, including the Scottish First Minister, have called on Ms Ferrier to resign from her position but so far she has just been suspended.

Police Scotland spokeswoman said they are aware of the circumstances and are liaising with colleagues at the Metropolitan Police.

Ms Ferrier was also a vocal critic of Boris Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings for appearing to breach COVID restrictions earlier this year.

At the time, Ms Ferrier demanded Mr Cummings be removed from his position with immediate effect.

She said: “Dominic Cummings’ actions have undermined the sacrifices that we have all been making in lockdown to protect each other from coronavirus.

“His position is untenable and he must be removed from his post now.

“The fact that Boris Johnson and senior Tories have backed Dominic Cummings, in the face of widespread and understandable public anger, demonstrates a total failure of leadership at a time of national crisis.”

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