DEVIZES MP Danny Kruger has publicly apologised after a photograph was posted on social media showing him not wearing a face covering on a train to London.

He says he "quite simply forgot" and, once he realised his mistake, he put it on at Paddington for the rest of his journey.

“I boarded an almost empty carriage at Hungerford and quite simply forgot to put on my mask. When I got to Paddington I realised my mistake and covered up for the rest of my journey.

“If the person had reminded me instead of taking a photo and posting it on social media, I would of course have put on my mask then and there. I do apologise for my mistake.”

The MP was ‘unmasked” by fellow commuter Edie who tweeted: "Danny Kruger, the Tory MP for Devizes, not wearing a mask for the entire Hungerford to Paddington train journey yesterday. Don’t blame it on the young people Boris when your own party aren’t even following your rules.”

The post attracted numerous comments on social media, most of which condemned Mr Kruger for not following the Covid-19 pandemic regulations to wear a face covering while travelling on public transport.

They included a response from Cllr Ian Thorn, from Calne, the Liberal Democrat group leader on Wiltshire Council, who said: “Oh dear. We are facing another crippling lockdown and one of our law makers forgot he needed to wear a mask on a train. You couldn’t make it up.”