Keir Starmer has declared it “beggars belief that Margaret Ferrier thinks it is appropriate to continue as an MP” after it was revealed that the SNP representative had breached coronavirus regulations several times.
Commenting ahead of a ‘Call Keir’ event that the Labour leader will be holding via Zoom with residents in Ferrier’s constituency today, he described her resistance to step down as a “gross error of judgement”.
Speaking ahead of the remote meeting, Starmer said that he wants to “speak directly to local residents about this scandal, to those locally who are feeing angry and frustrated about the situation”.
He added: “I also want to hear how the community is coping with coronavirus, how they feel the UK and Scottish governments have handled the pandemic, and what the Labour Party needs to do to rebuild trust among those voters we have lost.”
The MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, who was elected to represent the SNP but has now had the whip suspended, is facing calls to quit parliament after it was revealed that Ferrier travelled from Glasgow to London and back with Covid-19.