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The MP who boarded the train when she had Covid-19 that was about to be sentenced

A MP who pleaded guilty to endangering people traveling from London to Scotland by train knowing he had Covid-19 is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.

Margaret Ferrier traveled around Glasgow and London in September 2020 after taking a virus test.

Pending the results, the independent MP from Rutherglen and Hamilton West spoke in Houses of Parliament and visited other places in London.

The court heard that she then took the train home to Glasgow after being told she tested positive for Covid-19.

Member pleaded guilty to Glasgow Sheriff Court last month (Jane Barlow / PA)

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Ferrier, 62, admitted that she culpably and recklessly put the public at “risk of infection, disease and death” at the Glasgow Sheriff’s Court hearing last month.

She is due to be convicted in court on Tuesday.

The MP was faced with further calls to withdraw from the House of Commons following her plea.

In a hearing last month, a court heard that Ferrier took the Covid-19 test on September 26 after showing symptoms, including a cough.

The next day, about 45 people read to the congregation at a mass at St. Mungo in Glasgow before going to the Vic’s Bar on Main Street in Prestwick, South Ayrshire.

Then on September 27, she took the train to London and spoke in the House of Commons that same day.

Soon after, she found out that she had tested positive for the virus.

The court heard that Test and Protect made three attempts to contact her and left two voicemails at around 10 o’clock that day before Ferrier called back at around 2 p.m., almost four hours later.

Ferrier then returned to her hotel where she spent the night before returning to London Euston and taking the train home to Glasgow knowing she had Covid-19.

Ferrier of Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire ordered the SNP’s whip removed in 2020 after the allegations surfaced.

She is under pressure to step down, but remains an MP.

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