Tory MP who said Covid figures were ‘manipulated’ could be disciplined


Michael Gove suggests possibility after backbencher Desmond Swayne refused to apologise

Michael Gove has suggested disciplinary action could yet be taken against the Conservative backbencher Desmond Swayne after he refused to apologise over controversial remarks to vaccine sceptics.

However, the Cabinet Office minister said he was sure that Swayne, a former minister, would say sorry over comments made in November saying that Covid figures were being “manipulated” and that intensive care occupancy levels and excess death rates were not out of step for the time of year.

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