Thursday 28 January 2021 / 11:47 AM Angela Rayner

Labour demands Prime Minister takes action against senior Conservative MP after he doubles down on spreading Covid misinformation

Labour has called on the Prime Minister to take urgent action against senior Conservative Member of Parliament Desmond Swayne after he defended his previous endorsement of dangerous anti-vaccination campaigners and his comments spreading disinformation and promoting conspiracy theories as his “duty” as a Member of Parliament.

Speaking on TalkRadio this morning after his comments emerged last night, Desmond Swayne doubled down and said that they were “an important part” of his job as a politician and it was his “duty” to make them. The Conservative MP for New Forest West has refused to apologise.

Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner has called on the Prime Minister to intervene, warning that the actions of this senior Conservative MP are undermining the national effort to defeat coronavirus and putting lives at risk. Labour demanded last night that the Chair of the Conservative Party take action following the emergence of Desmond Swayne’s comments, however the Conservative Party has failed to do so.

 

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Party Chair demanding that the Prime Minister take action, said:

“The British people have made huge sacrifices to save lives and defeat this terrible virus, and tragically over 100,000 people have already lost their lives.

“A Conservative Member of Parliament endorsing dangerous anti-vaccination campaigners, spreading disinformation and promoting conspiracy theories undermines the national effort to defeat this virus, puts lives at risk and is an insult to the families and loved ones of everyone who has tragically lost their lives to this terrible virus and our NHS staff who are working round the clock to save lives.

“It is clear that Desmond Swayne has no intention of apologising or withdrawing his dangerous remarks. After the Conservatives have refused to act, the Prime Minister must intervene urgently, condemn these comments and take action. A failure to do so risks undermining our national effort to defeat this virus, combat dangerous anti-vaccine disinformation and vaccinate Britain”.