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Statement by a DUP spokesman regarding Jim Shannon MP

DUP MP for Strangford Jim Shannon was seated at the same dining table as Margaret Ferrier on Monday evening. The room seating arrangements included proper social distancing measures.

On Wednesday evening, the Speaker’s Office alerted Mr Shannon that he had been identified as a close contact of an individual who had tested positive for Covid-19.

Upon receiving this news Mr Shannon immediately self-isolated and on Thursday afternoon he received a negative Covid-19 test result.

Mr Shannon sought and at all times has followed the advice of Public Health England and the House of Commons’ Covid-19 team in dealing with every element of this incident.

As a precaution Mr Shannon is self-isolating at home.