Labor’s Jonathan Ashworth battles the weather in a live interview as the lights nearly crash into him


A shadow minister of labor battled the elements in a live TV interview – as gusts of wind nearly blew up a light fixture. Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth spoke to Sky News outside his home, despite decidedly unfavorable weather conditions.

The heavy rain and strong gusts of wind blew his umbrella upside down as he answered questions from Sky host Sophie Ridge.

And a lighting rig flipped, forcing him to grab her before she hit him in the face.

But Ashworth continued – and managed to answer questions about the Covid-19 vaccines.

When asked if people should be forced to get the coronavirus vaccine, he said no.

“We, about 150 years ago I think, introduced compulsory vaccination legislation in this country,” he said.

“And that led to mass protests in this country. ”

That’s when he apologized as his umbrella exploded and the lights fell on him.

“The equipment falls. The umbrella is gone, ”he said. “It will be one of those. These clips that will go viral without a doubt. ”

But he continued: “What I meant was that we introduced compulsory vaccination laws in the UK in the 1850s, I know it’s been a long time.

“But that only led to mass protests. This led to the Anti-Vaccination League and our vaccination rates actually fell. “

Mr Ashworth calls on the government to crack down on anti-vaccination content on social media websites.

He and shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens said the government’s involvement in social media platforms, targeting anti-vaccination content, did not go far enough.

The two shadow cabinet ministers said in their letter to the Culture Secretary: “Although we welcomed the creation of a disinformation unit within the government, it was disappointing that the ministers were not able to provide information about his work or to say how much content he has. reported to social media companies for removal.

“The collaboration announced with social media companies last week was welcome, but it seems woefully insufficient with the promise to only remove government flagged content that generates profit.

“What we need is to act now and – since these companies could not act on their own – we call on the government to introduce emergency legislation that would include financial and criminal penalties in the event of continuing breach.

“Labor would give the government the votes it needs to push such a bill through the House of Commons.

“One person who does not take the vaccine because of this harmful content is one too many. “

A government spokesperson said: “Letting vaccine misinformation spread unchecked could cost the British lives.

“We take this issue very seriously and have secured major commitments from Facebook, Twitter and Google to address it by not taking advantage of this material and responding more quickly to reported content.

“We continue to work closely with social media companies to promote authoritative sources of information so people have access to vaccine facts, not fiction. “


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