MARGARET Ferrier has made her first appearance in the Commons since being suspended from the SNP over a coronavirus rule breach.

The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP asked the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs Secretary a question during a debate on the disqualification of pro-democracy lawyers in Hong Kong.

Ferrier was suspended by the SNP last month after travelling to and from Westminster after developing Covid-19 symptoms. She was informed while in London that she had tested positive, but still opted to return home.

Since ending self-isolation, Ferrier has voted by proxy, with suspended Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edward casting a vote on her behalf. She has not made an oral contribution to Commons proceedings since September.

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Today, she asked Nigel Adams if Downing Street would consider abolishing expensive immigration health surcharges for those applying for British national overseas (BNO) passports.

The Tory minister insisted his government has been “generous” with BNOs, adding: “We’ve developed proposals for a bespoke immigration route for [BNOs] and their dependents, with five years limited leave to remain with the right to work or study.”

He urged Ferrier to write to the Home Office for clarification on plans for overseas passport appilcations.

The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP has lost the SNP whip, with Nicola Sturgeon calling her behaviour “utterly indefensible”.

Nevertheless, Ferrier has vowed serving the constituents who elected her, telling the Sun on Sunday she’d “panicked” on getting the test result and felt she’d no option but to go home, given that she has no flat in London.

Rutherglen SNP Constituency Association have called for their local representative to step down, saying its members shared constituents’ feelings of “shock, anger and sadness” over Ferrier’s actions.

The Metropolitan police announced last month that the MP will face no further action, stating the regulations on self-isolation came into force after she was tested.