Footage shows shamed MP Margaret Ferrier thank NHS staff for giving their all to battle the pandemic – hours before travelling hundreds of miles home on public transport knowing she had coronavirus.

The SNP MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West is facing calls to resign after catching the train to Parliament on Monday after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms and undergoing a test.

The politician received confirmation she had the virus after her speech in the Commons that afternoon – but still took the train home on Tuesday morning and didn’t inform the Speaker she had tested positive until Wednesday afternoon.

During her time in the Commons on Monday, Ms Ferrier stood up to pay tribute to all of the key workers in her constituency who had supported others throughout the pandemic – despite knowing she’d experienced Covid-19 symptoms.

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Standing up to address the chamber, she said: ‘I’d like to start by paying tribute to all NHS, key workers and volunteers in my constituency for their care and commitment over the last seven months.’

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She went on to deliver a four-minute speech that argued Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s new Job Support scheme ‘doesn’t do enough to support those people whose jobs are at risk due to the pandemic’.

Ms Ferrier said she had been contacted by numerous constituents who were ‘worried their livelihoods would be at stake if the furlough scheme ended prematurely’.

The politician, who said she travelled to Parliament after ‘feeling better’, was one of the MPs who called for Dominic Cummings to be sacked after he drove to County Durham to ‘test his eyesight’.

She has apologised ‘unreservedly’ for her behaviour, saying there is ‘no excuse for my actions’.

In a statement today, she said she had notified the Commons authorities, who contacted Public Health England. Police Scotland said the MP also informed them of her behaviour on Thursday.

She said: ‘Despite feeling well, I should have self-isolated while waiting for my test result, and I deeply regret my actions.

‘I take full responsibility and I would urge everyone not to make the same mistakes that I have, and do all they can to help limit the spread of Covid-19.’

Ian Blackford, the SNP’s leader in Westminster, said he was suspending the whip from Ms Ferrier this evening.

A Commons spokesperson said she did not inform her party whip until Wednesday afternoon and that one person had been identified as a close contact and told to self-isolate.

Ms Ferrier would face a £1,000 fine for a first-time offence of breaching self-isolation rules under a law that came into force on the day of her positive test.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has heavily criticised her behaviour, saying: ‘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.’

Meanwhile, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has accused the SNP of keeping the scandal ‘a secret’ from the public.

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He said: ‘We now know that the SNP were informed on Wednesday that Margaret Ferrier had been tested, after she had already travelled back to Scotland from London by public transport while infected with the virus.

‘These actions not only broke the law, they will have put lives at risk.

‘We must hear from Nicola Sturgeon and Ian Blackford about exactly when they knew and why they kept this information secret from the public for hours or maybe even days. The public deserve clear answers.’

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Holyrood, said: ‘This Margaret Ferrier case is different – knowingly taking public transport after testing positive for Covid-19 is to put lives at risk. She has to go.’

A Police Scotland spokesman said officers were liaising with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police.

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