Disgraced MPs stripped of their Conservative whip for comparing Covid vaccine use to the Holocaust are free to raise “dangerous” anti-vaccine conspiracy theories in Parliament, the Speaker of the House said.
Andrew Bridgen lost party whip In January, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said, “He has the right to express his views whether others agree or not.”
Briggen again took advantage of the Commons postponed debate to make a series of claims about the Covid vaccine, including that Booster was “state-sponsored self-harm at the national level.”
The allegations were thoroughly debunked by Health Secretary Will Quince, who said the vaccine “has saved tens of thousands of lives, relieved pressure on the NHS and helped get our economies and societies back on track”. rice field.
This is the second time Bridgen has used an adjourned debate in the House of Representatives, assigned by vote, to spread misinformation about vaccines.
However, a spokeswoman for the Speaker of the House said there was “no plan” for Lord Lindsay to stop him.
“Andrew Bridgin is an elected Member of Parliament and has the right to express his views whether others agree or not,” she said.
“Postponed debates are chosen by random ballot, and preventing members from discussing a particular topic violates the chairman’s neutrality.
“Therefore, the Speaker of the House does not plan to control which items are debated in the House, and the House does not want him to do so.”
A spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Penny Mordaunt said it was a “House matter” for Brigen to use Congressional time in this way.
but Shadow Commons Leader Tangam Devonaire Mr Bridgen said he fell short of the standards expected of a member of parliament.
“The spread of dangerous misinformation should be no less than that of MPs,” she said.
“Being a member of Congress comes with great responsibilities, including upholding the integrity of the House of Commons. We must act objectively and on the best available evidence. Andrew Bridgen fell far short of this again.
“His voters in North West Leicestershire deserve better recognition from their elected representatives.”
Responding to Brizin’s allegations, Quince said a vaccine was the “best defense” against the new coronavirus and allowed the UK to “coexist with the virus”.
“Countless studies” show that vaccinated people are “less likely to die or become seriously ill from the virus,” he said, adding that 144 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the UK alone. We pointed out that 17 million doses had been given in the booster campaign last fall.
All jabs “go through a rigorous approval process” run by the independent Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) according to “some of the highest safety standards in the world.”
mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer’s and Moderna’s Jab that Bridgen attacked have also been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Quince said, adding that “extensive checks and testing have been done. he added. A legally mandated balance for a vaccine at every stage of development.”
On the other hand, the data show that Covid boosters are “very effective in reducing hospitalizations and deaths”, compared with those who have not been vaccinated or who have received a first or second dose of the third dose. or show a “consistently low” fatality rate among boosters.
Quince also said that “yellow card” self-reports about adverse effects of vaccination are not necessarily proven side effects.
“In summary, we know that Covid vaccination programs have saved tens of thousands of lives and prevented many more from being hospitalized.”