A Tory MP took a train from London to the North East whilst displaying coronavirus symptoms.
Darlington MP Peter Gibson said he travelled 250 miles by train from the metropolis prior to lockdown to quarantine at home.
Peter Gibson made the comment on Facebook when posting about the Dominic Cummings debacle, and when questioned why he’d not stayed in London, he replied that it had been numerous weeks before lockdown and at the time he had no London address.
Peter Gibson explained he was staying in the spare room of someone else’s flat and didn’t have a permanent London base.
He later told a media outlet that he’d been coughing on March 11 and called the MP’s coronavirus helpline.
He was informed that if his usual method of transport was a train that he should use that, but should isolate and keep himself to himself. He stated that he self-isolated at home for seven days and his illness was short-lived.
He further said that whilst some might say that he should have stayed in London, what was he meant to have done, move into a hotel? Was he supposed to go back to the flat of another MP when he had nothing aside from a few changes of clothes? Or did he run the prospect of possibly contaminating the friend whose flat it was?
Boris Johnson’s chief aide Dominic Cummings was indicted of violating lockdown rules by travelling from London to County Durham, including taking his wife and four-year-old son to Barnard Castle on Easter Sunday, despite professing to be presenting COVID 19 symptoms.
He dismissed any wrongdoing and received the full support of the Prime Minister, but has received requests from across the political rainbow to stand down, but it’s been reported that Dominic Cummings is weighing up resigning later this year.
Minister Robert Jenrick, meanwhile, drove 40 miles to visit his elderly parents, on more than one occasion, also during the lockdown, stating he was transporting essentials.
They should all be leading by example, and they haven’t even apologised – delivering essentials my butt, and seemingly MP Peter Gibson didn’t want to chance to contaminate those he was staying with but it was okay to spread it to people on the train?
This is typical Tory bigotry and they simply want to take the people down and if they can’t kill people they’ll spread COVID 19 and take people out that way.
And didn’t all MP’s get 10K to help them through the crisis? So Peter Gibson should have got a hotel because by using public transport, he was more inclined to contaminate others and he should feel ashamed of himself, but then perhaps, this is being used to divert from Dominic Cummings bungle.
Peter Gibson later explained and stated it happened on 18 March. This was 2 days following Boris Johnson’s address warning against all non-essential travel for everyone – he should have been self-isolating, not travelling by train.
There had been a lot of uncertainty about this when it transpired, and parts of the public had been in contact with photos from the MP’s own Facebook page, showing him out and about at numerous times.
It was said to be 1 March and then 11 March but then it was eventually clarified that it took place on 18 March and the guidance at that time was quite apparent and this was a definite infringement of the rules.
Peter Gibson should have stayed put where he was and not go on trains to contaminate god knows how many people.
I’m not a Tory supporter but it does always appears to be the Tories that are being rebuked and apparently mocking the rules, but I’m sure if you try hard enough, you’ll find Labour ones as well, and why do MP’s have their own Coronavirus Helpline number?
Did he know he had the virus? If he did know he had the virus and travelled, then that is sickening because then he consciously knew he had the virus and that he would contaminate others, but if he didn’t know he had the virus, then surely he can’t be condemned or held accountable even though most of us don’t like the Tory schmuck.
The point that we’re actually missing is that it doesn’t matter because they appear to be part of the ‘do as I say and not as I do club’.
Peter Gibson stated he was worried about only having a couple of changes of clothes, well, I’m certain he could have washed one set and worn the other set and vice versa, how dense can these people really be?
At least we know where the unexpected spread of infections in the North East came from, carriers from down south supposedly brought it here. So, it’s one rule for them and one rule for the rest of us.