Tonight she admitted breaching Covid-19 travel rules, but Hamilton MP Margaret Ferrier accused Tories of “reckless” behaviour over the return to Westminster earlier this year.
Full parliamentary sessions returned to Westminster in June, albeit with social distancing still in place.
Virtual sessions had occupied the Houses of Parliament in London when the UK-wide lockdown came into force in March, to allow MPs to safely represent their constituents.
However, temporary legislation sanctioning virtual participation in debates and votes lapsed and MPs were recalled in the summer to debate the best way forward due to the difficulties in physical distancing in the 150-year-old building.
Ms Ferrier, who represents Rutherglen and Hamilton West, at the time called for the virtual sessions to remain in use.
She also accused the Tories of being “reckless” and of wanting MPs to be “disenfranchised”.
Ms Ferrier said in June: “The ability to participate in a virtual parliament has brought some much-needed innovation to Westminster, ensuring that I can continue to represent my constituents’ views during the coronavirus crisis safely and hold the UK government to account effectively.
“The Tories’ decision to scrap virtual proceedings now is reckless. It places the safety of many MPs, especially those who are shielding from coronavirus, at enormous risk. It is not acceptable to force anyone to make a choice between keeping themselves safe and doing their job, yet that is exactly what the Tories are doing by easing lockdown measures too early in England.
“With social distancing continuing in the House of Commons, It is clear that the decision to scrap the virtual parliament isn’t based on sound public health advice. It is intended to shore up support for Boris Johnson, whose backing of Dominic Cummings demonstrates how out-of-touch he is with the sacrifices my constituents are making in lockdown.
“Make no mistake, the Tories want as many MPs as possible to be disenfranchised to avoid difficult questions about their handling of this crisis. Virtual votes and debates must be reintroduced now, to continue to protect public health during the coronavirus pandemic and ensure that Scotland’s opposition to this shambolic and incompetent Tory government is registered loudly and clearly.”