Anti-vaxxer MP Andrew Bridgen vows to continue asking ‘reasonable questions’ about Covid jabs despite being kicked out by the disgusted Tories for comparing the lifesaving roll-out to the Holocaust
- Andrew Bridgen was stripped of the whip by disgusted Tories yesterday
- His tweet comparing the jab campaign to the Holocaust was condemned by PM
- But MP insisted today that he would continue to make unscientific claims
An anti-vaxxer MP suspended by the Conservatives has vowed to continue asking ‘reasonable questions’ about Covid vaccines – even if it means he never rejoins the party.
Andrew Bridgen was stripped of the whip by disgusted Tories yesterday for a tweet comparing the jab campaign to the Holocaust that was condemned by Rishi Sunak.
But in a video message on social media today the 58-year-old North West Leicestershire MP insisted he would continue to make unscientific claims and denied being racist.
He said he was ‘disappointed’ to be suspended pending an investigation and said he would apologise to anyone ‘genuinely offended’ by his tweet.
But he added that his suspension ‘says much about the current state of our democracy the right to free speech and the apparent suspension of the scientific method of analysis of medicines being administered to billions of people’.
‘Reasonable questions about the safety and effectiveness of mRNA vaccines must continue to be asked and I will continue to ask them. If I cannot do that as a conservative Member of Parliament then so be it,’ he added.
The Tory MP for North West Leicestershire said: ‘As one consultant cardiologist said to me this is the biggest crime against humanity since the holocaust’
‘Highlighting these important questions about, life, death, serious injury, must override party loyalty
‘I owe that not only to my constituents in Northwest Leicestershire but also to the wider British public and especially to our children and young people who are the very future of our great nation.’
Mr Bridgen has made a series of anti-vaxxer claims on social media and in the Commons chamber in recent weeks.
But action was finally taken against him yesterday after he shared an article on the Pfizer and Moderna jabs online, based on safety data reportedly from US health agencies, and added: ‘As one consultant cardiologist said to me this is the biggest crime against humanity since the holocaust.’
Mr Sunak voiced his own anger after the comment, made in a now-deleted Tweet, was raised by former health secretary Matt Hancock at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Tory chief whip Simon Hart took action because the remarks ‘crossed a line’, and other senior Tory MPs lined up to criticise his remarks.
One said they were ‘disgraceful’ and another warned that if he prevented people from being vaccinated he would have ‘blood on his hands’.
But Mr Bridgen today denied being racist, including towards Jews, and threatened those who said he was with legal action.
He added: ‘I’ve received huge support from ordinary people, medical workers who are too intimidated to speak out and of course from those who’ve experienced vaccine harms themselves.’
Why the data tweeted by Andrew Bridgen doesn’t prove vaccines are unsafe
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen today tweeted, then deleted, a link to data which suggests the Covid mRNA vaccines are unsafe due to a plethora of side effects linked with the jabs.
The data, shared on a blog called Zero Hedge, is said to be from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), via a Freedom of Information Request submitted by The Epoch Times.
It claims to show the number of Covid mRNA vaccine side effects reported to the agency’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) – a surveillance system set up in the 1990s and designed to monitor the risks of all jabs used in America.
If the analysis was to be taken at face value, it would suggest that more than 70,000 heart-related ‘major’ side effects have been logged after a Pfizer or Moderna jab. On top of that, there would have been 50,000 affecting the brain and in the region of 25,000 blood clots.
However, if the data is from the CDC’s VAERS database, as it is claimed to be, then it doesn’t paint the full picture.
All Americans are urged to report any health problem they notice post-vaccination, even if they aren’t certain the jab was to blame.
In essence, it means that the jab will not be to blame for all the events. The exact proportion that will be down to the jab is not something the CDC estimates. It merely keeps a log of complaints to spot trends in the data that could signal a serious side effect.
It states only that VAERS reports ‘may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable’.
The CDC adds: ‘Just because an adverse event happened after a person received a vaccine does not mean the vaccine caused the adverse event.’
The UK has a similar reporting mechanism in place, called the Yellow Card Scheme, where around 475,000 adverse events to Covid vaccines have been reported.
It helped detect an extremely rare blood-clotting complication of the AstraZeneca jab, which led to it being only offered to over-40s because the benefits did not clearly outweigh the risks to the young. The side effect was so rare that it wasn’t spotted in initial trials involving tens of thousands of people before the jab was given the green light.
But other concerns, such as Covid vaccines interfering with menstrual cycles, have yet to be fully substantiated in the data.
Under the surveillance system in the UK, reports of flatulence, yawning and crying have been logged by vaccine recipients. But, based on the same logic as the CDC’s VAERS, it does not mean that the jabs are to blame.
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