Richard Leonard has launched a petition demanding that under-pressure politician Margaret Ferrier quits her role in parliament and declared that he “will not tolerate” a situation where residents were “left voiceless by a lame-duck MP”.
The Scottish Labour leader has argued that the MP, who broke lockdown rules after having contracted Covid, was putting her salary above her constituents as he unveiled his “Rutherglen and Hamilton West deserves better” online petition today.
Commenting this morning, Leonard said: “It is truly breathtaking that Margaret Ferrier remains an MP nearly a week after the utterly shocking facts about her making long-distance train journeys while infected by Covid became public.
“Margaret Ferrier is clearly putting her parliamentary salary and access to Westminster perks above the needs of the people of Rutherglen and Hamilton West, who deserve a strong voice at a time when the virus is surging and jobs and living standards are facing such a grave threat.
“Margaret Ferrier has let down her constituents and is now seeking to tough it out solely in her own interests, in the hope that she will be able to cling on.