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SNP MP Margaret Ferrier is facing pressure to resign after failing to quarantine when she tested positive for coronavirus. The Scottish nationalist instead opted to travel hundreds of miles from the House of Commons back to Scotland. Conservative Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick was grilled about various high profile transgressors of COVID-19 rules on Sky News.
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Host Kay Burley pointed to the Prime Minister’s adviser, Dominic Cummings, former Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the Prime Minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, as other examples of public figures flouting the law.
Mr Jenrick insisted that Britons must follow the public health advice and assured that Ms Ferrier realised she had made a “serious mistake”.
Ms Burley shot back: “Dominic Cummings didn’t abide by the rules.”
The Tory MP said that the Downing Street adviser claimed he did not break the rules and that the Prime Minister had accepted his explanation.
Ms Burley hit back with: “Jeremy Corbyn broke the rules, didn’t he?”
At her comment, there was a long awkward silence between the two.
Mr Jenrick then told her: “Well I’ve seen the same photos that you have of Mr Corbyn.”
The former Opposition leader had been pictured breaking the rule of six by having a nine person dinner indoors.
The Sky host added: “The point I’m making is that everybody at home is screaming at the telly.
“They’re thinking, ‘it’s one rule for us and one rule for them’.
“You’re falling into the trap collectively.”
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The Secretary of State responded: “I completely understand the point you’re making.
“The point I’m making is that it’s not for me, without knowing all of the facts, to condemn particular individuals.
“That’s a matter for them and now a matter for law enforcement.
“But what can we all do as individuals? We should be familiarising ourselves with the basic rules.
“I don’t think they’re difficult today at a national level.”
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