October 15, 2020

Disgraced MP who brought Covid to Commons escapes £4,000 fine thanks to loophole in law
A disgraced MP who broke Covid rules by making an 800-mile round trip on public transport while suffering from the virus has escaped a £4,000 fine. Margaret Ferrier, who is resisting calls to quit her seat, was investigated by the Metropolitan police but will now not face punishment under English laws as a result of a technicality, as a new legal requirement to self-isolate did not come into force until a few days after she took a test. The force has referred the case back to Police Scotland, however, as a requirement to self-isolate in Scotland is guidance, rather than written into law, she is unlikely to face a penalty. Even if she was found to have broken the law north of the border, the heaviest fine available to police is £60, reduced to £30 if paid promptly. The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP travelled from Glasgow to London on Monday, September 28, after experiencing Coronavirus symptoms and taking a test two days earlier. She then gave a speech in the Commons on the Monday and found she tested positive later that evening, before taking the train back to Scotland the following day. Under the Scottish guidelines, she should have self-isolated as soon as she took the test and waited for a result.
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