Nicola Sturgeon calls flouting Scottish MP 'Margaret Covid' in second briefing slip up

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  • October 5, 2020
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Nicola Sturgeon suffered another slip of the tongue and accidentally called the SNP MP who breached coronavirus restrictions “Margaret Covid.”

Speaking at the briefing on Monday, the First Minister said: “The SNP didn’t know last Monday or Tuesday that Margaret Covid had suspected of confirmed Covid.”

The MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, travelled by train to London on Monday September 28, despite being tested for Covid-19 over the weekend, after experiencing mild symptoms.

While awaiting test tesults, Ms Ferrier spoke in the House of Commons on the Monday and then travelled back to Glasgow.

And she’s done it again! ??? pic.twitter.com/h8I8APAZRi

— Agent Homepride (@AgentHomepride) October 5, 2020

The MP allegedly also made a visit to the Vanilla Salon and Sweet P Gift Boutique in Rutherglen, near Glasgow, the same weekend she was tested for the virus.

The beauty store has condemned her actions as “irresponsible.”

Ms Sturgeon made a first mix-up during a daily press briefing on October 2 while discussing when she knew the MP had breached the rules.

She said: “The first I knew about Margaret Covid, er, Margaret Ferrier having Covid was yesterday afternoon.

“I think people can imagine my reaction to hearing that.”

— Margaret Ferrier MP (@MargaretFerrier) September 26, 2020

Ms Ferrier has since apologised and said she “deeply regretted” her actions. She has also referred herself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, as well as to the police who are now investigating the incident.

Police Scotland confirmed they had been contacted by Ms Ferrier, saying officers were “looking into the circumstances” and liaising with the Metropolitan Police Service.