Scottish MP who travelled length of UK with coronavirus won't face legal action

MP Margaret Ferrier will face no further legal action for travelling from London to Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, the Met Police has confirmed.

The Scottish politician escaped punishment because the regulations on self-isolation came into force after she was tested on September 26, Scotland Yard said.

Ferrier, 60, admitted travelling to Parliament in London on September 28 despite being required to self-isolate with coronavirus symptoms, and then returning to Scotland by train the next day after testing positive.

The MP also visited a beauty salon,  leisure centre and church while waiting for her results.

She was suspended by her party after publicly disclosing her behaviour but has so far refused to resign.

The force said: ‘Detectives tested the MP’s account including obtaining and reviewing CCTV and undertaking inquiries to establish the dates of the tests, results and travel arrangements.

‘Officers considered possible offences including those under Reg 11(2) of the Health Protection Regulations 2020 which relates to self-isolation requirement.

‘However, on detailed examination of this new legislation, and following legal advice, it was concluded that this regulation is applicable only after the 28th September 2020.

‘In this case the test occurred prior to the 29th September 2020 and therefore the regulation does not apply.’

The Met added it is taking no further action but has referred the matter to Police Scotland for consideration.

Police Scotland said it ‘will now assess the circumstances and consult with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service before taking a decision on next steps’.

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