Government scientist Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover

Government scientist Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover, by Anna Mikhaviola.

Neil Ferguson, 51, epidemiologist, strong public advocate for social distancing

Antonia Staats, 38, left-wing activist, unfaithful climate change campaigner

The scientist whose advice prompted Boris Johnson to lock down Britain resigned from his Government advisory position on Tuesday night as The Telegraph can reveal he broke social distancing rules to meet his married lover.

Professor Neil Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while lecturing the public on the need for strict social distancing in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The woman lives with her husband and their children in another house. …

Prof Ferguson has frequently appeared in the media to support the lockdown and praised the “very intensive social distancing” measures.

The revelation of the “illegal” trysts will infuriate millions of couples living apart and banned by the Government from meeting up during the lockdown, which is now in its seventh week. …

Ms Staats, a left-wing campaigner, made a second visit on April 8 despite telling friends she suspected that her husband, an academic in his 30s, had symptoms of coronavirus.

Steven Hayward:

Two things need to be added to this account. Antonia Staats is married. Just not to Ferguson. Who is Antonia Staats? She is identified as a “senior campaigner at Avaaz.org,” much of whose work appears to be dedicated to climate change activism.

Awesome hypocrisy on the left from our ruling class. Climate change campaigner … my shocked face is worn out.