Nicola Sturgeon calls SNP MP 'Margaret Covid' in briefing mix-up

Nicola Sturgeon accidentally called the SNP MP who breached coronavirus restrictions “Margaret Covid” in an unfortunate mix-up.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister suffered a slip of the tongue when discussing the Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP at her daily press briefing today.

Ms Sturgeon made the mix-up 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.”

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The SNP MP had displayed symptoms on Saturday, come to Westminster on the Monday, and then got a positive test result that evening.

Despite having symptoms and awaiting results, Ms Ferrier had spoken in the House of Commons and then travelled back to Glasgow.

Ms Sturgeon said of the circumstances: “'I wish her a speedy recovery from Covid-19, but none of that changes the fact that her actions were reckless, dangerous and completely indefensible.”

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