Margaret Ferrier has been suspended by the SNP and is facing calls to resign after taking a train from London to Scotland, knowing that he had tested positive for Covid-19. But who is Margaret Ferrier?
The 60-year-old became the first MP in the 2015 SNP landslide to see the party win 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats.
Mrs Ferrier, who beat Rutherglen and Hamilton West, made one of the biggest shocks of a night full of surprises.
Her victory overthrew the Labor majority of 21,002 – one of the largest in the United Kingdom – and ended in victory with 9,975 votes.
Margaret Ferrier was 54 years old when she was nominated for the SNP and had only joined the party four years earlier.
Shortly after becoming an MP he told Rutherglen reformer he could not recall a time when he did not support an independent Scotland.
Even as a member of the Labor Party in her youth, she felt the country had to do it alone, she said.
Born in southern Glasgow, she lived in Spain for almost two years as a child.
She told the Reformer that she had early memories of correcting people in Spain when they named her in English.
“I was not English, I was Scottish, so I always had this Scottish identity, even from the age of 12,” he said.
Ms Ferrier returned to Scotland in 1972 and settled with her family in Rutherglen.
He is said to have had a keen interest in politics since the early 1920s and was a member of Amnesty International.
Prior to becoming an MP, he worked as a sales sales manager for a construction company in Motherwell.
Although he said he voted for the SNP on several occasions, he did not participate in the Rutherglen party branch until 2011.
She quickly settled in the local party and was a candidate for council elections in 2013.
She said she was initially reluctant to run for Westminster headquarters in 2015 and then admitted that some potential candidates may have been expelled from the prospect of gaining a huge working-class majority.
The surprise victory followed defeat in the 2017 snap elections, when Ged Killen regained the Labor Party seat by a narrow majority of 265
In December last year, First Minister Nicolas Strugon visited Rutherglen to offer her support to Margarita Ferrier as she successfully campaigned to win re-election in another short election.
In May, Ms Ferrier was one of the lawmakers who called on Prime Minister Dominique Cummings’ adviser to step down following a dispute over his visit to the North East of England during the lockdown.
At the time, he said his actions “undermined the sacrifices we all make in the lock to protect each other from the coronavirus” and described his position as “unfounded”.
On Thursday, it emerged that Ferrier had traveled from Glasgow to London with symptoms of Covid-19 and then returned home by train after testing positive.
Nicola Sturgeon quickly denounced her actions as “dangerous and unfounded”.
The SNP leader later called “with a heavy heart” to resign as an MP.