Senior doctor threatens to sue Rees-Mogg after anti-vaxxer remarks

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David Nicholl accuses Commons leader of abusing parliamentary privilege

A senior doctor who helped draw up government medical plans for a no-deal Brexit has threatened to sue Jacob Rees-Mogg after the Commons leader compared him to the disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield.

Rees-Mogg told MPs that in warning about the possible effects of a no-deal Brexit on medical supplies, David Nicholl was being as irresponsible as Wakefield, who was struck off the medical register in 2010 after suggesting a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

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