February 8, 2023

A Tory MP has had the whip removed after comparing the rollout of Covid mRNA vaccines to the Holocaust.

Andrew Bridgen shared an article about the Pfizer and Moderna pranks on Twitter, which was based on safety data published by US health authorities.

The Tory MP for North West Leicestershire said: ‘As a consultant cardiologist said to me, this is the greatest crime against humanity since the holocaust.’

Chief Whip Simon Hart said his Tweet “crossed the line” and removed the whip with “immediate effect” pending a formal investigation.

Andrew Bridgen shared an article about the Pfizer and Moderna pranks on Twitter, which was based on safety data published by US health authorities

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The Tory MP for North West Leicestershire said: ‘As a consultant cardiologist said to me, this is the greatest crime against humanity since the holocaust’

Chief Whip Simon Hart said his Tweet

Chief Whip Simon Hart said his Tweet “crossed the line” and removed the whip with “immediate effect” pending a formal investigation

The tweet was viewed 150,000 times in just two hours, with dozens of users of the social media platform lashing out at the “disgusting analogy,” labeling it “dangerous.”

Chief Whip Simon Hart said: ‘Andrew Bridgen has crossed a line and caused great offense in the process.

“As a nation, we should be very proud of what has been achieved with the vaccination program.

“The vaccine is the best defense against Covid we have. Misinformation about the vaccine causes damage and costs lives.

“I am therefore removing the Whip from Andrew Bridgen with immediate effect pending a formal investigation.”

Simon Clarke, Tory MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said the tweet was “disgraceful”.

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The self-shared article is based on data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is not the first time Mr Bridgen has faced criticism for his views on Covid vaccines.

He tweeted about an essay in a publication affiliated with the prestigious British Medical Journal, claiming it “confirmed” that the vaccine is “more harm than benefit to younger people.”

“The rollout should be suspended and children should not be at risk from these experimental mRNA treatments,” he said.

But the BMJ hit back at Mr Bridgen last week, arguing that his comment was ‘misleading’ for several reasons.

A spokesman for the publication, launched in 1840, said: ‘The purpose of the JME is to promote the ethical analysis of important issues in health care.

‘The views, analyzes and conclusions reached in the content belong to the authors, not the journal itself.

The article develops an argument about the ethics of mandatory booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid vaccines at some US universities.

“It is not claimed that Covid vaccines are unsafe, only that, based on the available evidence, the risk-benefit ratio does not justify requiring booster injections in students, according to the authors.”

And in December, Mr Bridgen claimed that someone with a ‘prominent leadership role’ in the British Heart Foundation ‘covered up clear data showing that the mRNA vaccine increases inflammation of the heart arteries’.

Mr Bridgen presented no evidence to support his claims other than that it came from a ‘whistleblower from a very reliable source’.

The BHF argued that it did not recognize Mr Bridgen’s comments and strongly refuted his allegations.

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The MP is currently on the second day of a five-day suspension from the House of Commons.

The move was recommended by the Standards Committee after Mr Bridgen failed to declare a financial interest in Mere Plantations – a reforestation company with ties to Ghana but based in the UK – which he lobbied for.

A report from the commission says he failed to state that he was paid £12,000 by the company in ‘eight emails to ministers and in five meetings with government officials’.

Mr Bridgen’s actions were described as ‘careless and arrogant’ and led him to breach the MPs’ code of conduct.

The commission also found that he attempted to influence Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone, who led the investigation.

He reportedly told her that he had heard a “rumor” that she would only receive a peerage if she ruled against him.