Vote to suspend Covid breach MP Margaret Ferrier delayed

The former SNP MP faces a 30-day suspension from the House of Commons after breaking Covid-19 rules during the pandemic.

House of Commons vote to suspend Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Margaret Ferrier delayed STV News

The vote to suspend former SNP MP Margaret Ferrier from the House of Commons has been delayed.

MPs were expected to make a decision on whether to uphold the Standards Committee’s recommendation to suspend the Rutherglen and Hamilton West politician for 30 days.

But the vote was pulled due to a lack of MPs in the chamber, according to reports.

It will now be delayed until after recess, which ends on June 5.

If her colleagues vote to suspend her and that is followed by at least 10% of her constituents signing a recall petition, Ferrier could face a by-election.

The former SNP MP had received a community payback order after admitting to speaking in parliament while awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test in September 2020.

After receiving a positive result, the now-independent MP took a train back to Glasgow, rather than isolating, breaking coronavirus rules.

The UK Parliament’s Independent Expert Panel (IEP), which upheld the Standard’s Committee’s suspension recommendation, said Ferrier “acted with blatant and deliberate dishonest intent”, adding she “acted selfishly, putting her own interests above the public interest”.

Ferrier won her seat in 2019 with almost 24,000 votes.

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