Scottish MP Margaret Ferrier is facing calls for her resignation after she travelled back from London while suffering from coronavirus.
Ms Ferrier travelled to London to debate coronavirus restrictions in Parliament after experiencing symptoms, before testing positive and taking the train back to Scotland.
The SNP withdrew the whip on Thursday morning when the party learned of her breaches of coronavirus rules, while Ms Ferrier referred herself to the police, saying there was "no excuse for my actions".
But MPs have called for her to step down, with the SNP's David Linden branding her actions "inexcusable".
“I don’t think her position is tenable and she should resign”
Glasgow MP @DavidLinden says he is “furious” about the behaviour of SNP colleague Margaret Ferrier, who travelled by train with Covid symptoms.
Tonight on #bbcqt, 10:45pm, @BBCOne pic.twitter.com/yYTKbcTljn— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime)October 1, 2020
He told BBC Question Time: “I’ve got to say I’m pretty furious with the behaviour of Margaret Ferrier MP. It’s utterly inexcusable and it’s right that she lost the whip for that.
“I don’t think her position is tenable and she should resign.”
The MP for Glasgow East added: "We are asking people to follow very, very strict public health guidance, if a member of Parliament can't do that, I think they've got to reflect on their position.
"I find it very difficult to say to my constituents, who live in the neighbouring constituency to Rutherglen and Hamilton West, that her actions were excusable, and so I think she does have to reflect on her position."
I agree with David Linden. Margaret Ferrier must resign. Both David and Margaret are unparalleled campaigners for our party but in this circumstance David is right. Margaret’s actions cannot be overlooked.— Kirsty Blackman (@KirstySNP)October 1, 2020
Ruth Davidson, the former Scottish Conservative leader, also called for Ms Ferrier to resign.
"Knowingly taking public transport after testing positive for Covid-19 is to put lives at risk. She has to go," she said.
Speaking to BBC's Newsnight, she said: "There are also questions of what the SNP knew and when.
"Why did we only find any of this out after parliamentary business had closed down for the day in both Holyrood and Westminster, when the SNP were told this yesterday?
"It's over 24 hours later this comes out.
"There's a lot of questions that still need answered here."
Ms Ferrier delivered a four-minute speech to the Commons chamber on Monday before receiving the results of her coronavirus test.
She acknowledged on Thursday that “there is no excuse for my actions” after revealing her journey while positive with the virus.
The MP said she took a test on Saturday afternoon after experiencing “mild symptoms”, meaning she should have self-isolated, before travelling by train to London on Monday.
“This was wrong, and I am very sorry for my mistake,” said Ms Ferrier.
The MP said she has “notified the police of my actions” and has informed the test and trace system and the Commons authorities.
“Despite feeling well, I should have self-isolated while waiting for my test result, and I deeply regret my actions.
“I take full responsibility and I would urge everyone not to make the same mistakes that I have, and do all they can to help limit the spread of Covid-19,” she said.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford announced Ms Ferrier's suspension on Twitter.
I have spoken with @MargaretFerrier this evening who fully accepts that what she did was wrong. Margaret will be referring herself to the parliamentary standards commissioner as well as the police. I am tonight suspending the whip from Margaret. https://t.co/1bCst4r5Pu— Ian Blackford (@Ianblackford_MP)October 1, 2020
He said: "I have spoken with @MargaretFerrier this evening who fully accepts that what she did was wrong.
“Margaret will be referring herself to the parliamentary standards commissioner as well as the police. I am tonight suspending the whip from Margaret.”
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said Ms Ferrier's actions were "utterly indefensible".
She tweeted: "It’s hard to express just how angry I feel on behalf of people across the country making hard sacrifices every day to help beat COVID. The rules apply to everyone and they’re in place to keep people safe.
"@Ianblackford_MP is right to suspend the whip."
Margaret Ferrier MP contacted Police Scotland earlier today about travelling between London and Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus. We are looking into the circumstances and are liaising with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service.— Police Scotland (@policescotland)October 1, 2020
One person was told to self-isolate as a result of Commons tracing.
A Commons spokesman said: “Margaret Ferrier informed the SNP whip that she was Covid-19 positive on Wednesday afternoon. The Speaker was informed and the House authorities immediately took all necessary steps in line with their legal obligations and PHE guidance.
“On the basis of the information supplied to the contact-tracing system, only one individual has been identified as a close contact in relation to this case and is now self-isolating.”
It comes after Jeremy Corbyn was photographed apparently breaking the government’s rule of six at a dinner party.
The former Labour leader, 71, has apologised for his “mistake” after he was pictured at a dinner party last Saturday with eight other people. The group of nine, which includes his wife Laura Alvarez, 51, now face fines of up to £1,800.
Meanwhile the Prime Minister's father, Stanley Johnson, was pictured shopping without wearing a face covering in west London.
Stanley Johnson said he was "extremely sorry" after he was caught perusing the shelves at a newsagents on Tuesday, without a covering over his mouth and nose.