Richard Leonard has called on the SNP to expel under-pressure MP Margaret Ferrier from the party after the representative for Rutherglen and Hamilton West refused to step down from parliament.
Ferrier, who was has had the whip suspended by the SNP, has faced repeated calls in recent days to quit parliament after it was revealed she travelled from Glasgow to London and back while infected with coronavirus.
The Scottish Labour leader has since ramped up his demands on the Scottish government and said that kicking Ferrier out of the party is the “only step available to the SNP leadership now”.
Leonard said: “Having had the weekend to reflect on her action, Margaret Ferrier has shown she is more interested in keeping her Westminster salary and perks than she is in doing the right thing. The only step available to the SNP leadership now is to expel her from the party.”
Ferrier felt unwell and took a Covid test during the last weekend of September, then subsequently took a 380-mile train journey to London the following Monday, even delivering a speech to the Commons that day.