Swayne rejects call to apologise for lockdown comments

Conservative MP Sir Desmond Swayne has refused to apologise for comments in which he encouraged anti-lockdown campaigners to "persist" with their protests. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said the MP was "out of order" for making the "unacceptable" comments and urged him to issue a full retraction and apology. The New Forest West MP said it is "monstrous" to suggest he was encouraging people to break the law or refuse a vaccine.