‘Total SNP embarrassment!’ Alleged conspiracy theory spread by Sturgeon’s conference host

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Hayley Matthews, 39, is the face of the SNP’s virtual conference but has been accused of spreading distrust of coronavirus vaccines. A series of social media posts and a newspaper article have come to light in what SNP rivals are calling a “total embarrassment”. In one post, Ms Matthews, a former STV and BBC journalist, claimed she would not allow her children to have any “covid sh*te”.

And last month, Ms Matthews retweeted a Twitter post spreading concern about the safety of the vaccine and claiming politicians should be test subjects for vaccines before the public are asked to take them.

In a newspaper column in October, Ms Matthews also expressed her concern over the elements of a flu vaccine.

She reportedly claimed: “The big pharma companies assure us they’re safe however, the less chemicals pumped in us, surely the better, no?

“I started researching heavy metal detoxing and the benefits on child behaviours and adult health so I’m going to give it a go as the metals in these vaccines worry me greatly.

“So that’s why I’ve decided not to get the flu jab or give it to my eight-year-old.

“Instead I’m upping vitamin C to 1000mg daily, we’re all on probiotics and taking more of the good stuff.

“By all means get your flu jab if that’s what’s best for you.

“However, this winter the kids and I will be rolling about in the mud and eating worms because nature’s the best medicine.”

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She claimed she was “not anti-vax”.

In a separate Tweet, Ms Matthews appeared to agree with a ‘new world order’ conspiracy.

These messages seem to clash sharply with Nicola Sturgeon’s warning the Government must “guard against” any conspiracy theories on the internet.

Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, also said more information will be published to protect against any disinformation.


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Amid the need for a vaccine and the possibility of a drug soon being rolled out, rival parties have hit out at Ms Matthews’ comments.

Tory MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Donald Cameron, claimed Ms Matthews had brought “embarrassment” to the Scottish Government.

He added: “This is a total embarrassment for the SNP.

“Nicola Sturgeon needs to distance the party of government from these highly dubious comments.

“Any vaccines will undergo rigorous safety checks and they will be absolutely safe for the public to use.”

Labour spokeswoman for Health, Monica Lennon said: “The Scottish Government has rightly warned the public about the double threat of Covid and flu this winter and the ­ importance of getting vaccinated.

“Individuals who peddle dangerous nonsense about the safety of the flu jab risk undermining the heroic efforts of NHS staff.”

A statement issued by Ms Matthews through the SNP said: “As I stated in my Edinburgh Evening News column, I’m not an anti-vaxxer.

“The pandemic has been tough for all of us and I’m sure I’m not alone in learning how to keep safe.

“I’ll be getting vaccinated as soon as it is offered to me.”

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