A Tory MP has refused to apologise for “out of order” comments in which he encouraged anti-lockdown campaigners to “persist” with their protests.
Senior Tory Desmond Swayne, who previously served as a aide to former PM David Cameron, told anti-lockdown group Save our Rights UK that NHS figures were being “manipulated” and intensive care units were actually running at normal capacity.
In a recording of a November interview with the campaign group, obtained by Sky News, Sir Desmond said coronavirus seems to pose a “manageable risk, particularly as figures have been manipulated” and figures were “bouncing round at the typical level of deaths for the time of year”.
At the time of the recording there were at least 6,817 more deaths in England and Wales than the average for the previous five years, and 18% of all deaths were coronavirus related, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Sir Desmond added: “We’re told there is a deathly, deadly pandemic proceeding at the moment.
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