Conservative minister’s husband claims coronavirus is a ‘mental illness’

The husband of Conservative minister Chloe Smith has claimed that coronavirus is a "mental illness".

Sandy McFadzean, who married Norwich North MP Ms Smith in 2013, attended last weekend's march against coronavirus restrictions.

He has previously re-tweeted posts describing the Government as "globalist puppets" and "tyrants", the Eastern Daily Press reported.

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Norwich North MP and Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith, whose husband Sandy McFadzean claimed Covid-19 is 'likely an outbreak of mental illness'. (UK Parliament/ PA)

A poster for the Unite For Freedom March, held in London on Saturday, called for an end to social distancing, track and trace and the use of face masks.

Mr McFadzean, who is employed by Credit Suisse as a vice president, wrote on Twitter: "Covid-19 is most likely an outbreak of mental illness."

A further post read: "Government need to be clear.

"Either there is a killer virus on the loose or there isn't. (Spoiler alert: There isn't)."

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding banners take part in a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding a banner march towards Westminster from Trafalgar Square during a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: A protester remonstrates with police officers during a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters take part in a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters take part in a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Police takes security measures as protesters march towards Westminster and Downing Street during a demonstration organised by a group called "Stand Up X", in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policies of coronavirus (Covid-19) measures including wearing mask, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Anti-mask protesters participate in the Unite for Freedom protest outside Downing Street on August 29, 2020 in London, England. Speakers, including Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers Corbyn, spoke to hundreds of people gathered in Trafalgar square during an anti-mask demo. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Anti-mask protesters participate in the Unite for Freedom protest in Trafalgar Sq on August 29, 2020 in London, England. Speakers, including Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers Corbyn, spoke to hundreds of people gathered in Trafalgar square during an anti-mask demo. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: A protester holds a placard taking part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: A protester holds a placard taking part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding placards as they take part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding placards as they take part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding placards as they take part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Celebrity conspiracy theorist David Icke is greted by adoring admirers as they gather in Trafalgar Square for an anti-lockdown and pro-personal freedom protest against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Celebrity conspiracy theorist David Icke is greted by adoring admirers as they gather in Trafalgar Square for an anti-lockdown and pro-personal freedom protest against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Celebrity conspiracy theorist David Icke is greted by adoring admirers as they gather in Trafalgar Square for an anti-lockdown and pro-personal freedom protest against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown and conspiracy theory literature on sale as Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown protesters, who believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, gather at the 'Unite For Freedom' rally in Trafalgar Square, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: Protesters holding placards take part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 29: A protester holds a placard taking part in a demonstration in Trafalgar Square organised by the organisation Stand Up X in London, United Kingdom on August 29, 2020. The group is against the British government policy of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic measures including mask wearing, vaccinations and lockdown. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists and Coronavirus deniers protest in Trafalgar Square for personal freedoms and against the government and mainstream media who, they say, are behind disinformation and untruths about the covid pandemic, on 29th August 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Anti-lockdown protesters, who believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, gather at the 'Unite For Freedom' rally in Trafalgar Square, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Ms Smith's local paper the Eastern Daily Press said that the Twitter account was deleted on Wednesday after it tried to contact Ms Smith for comment.

On Thursday, Ms Smith told the paper: "My husband's a private citizen.

"Everyone's entitled to their own view, and to debate.

"I take a different view."

The Conservative Party has not responded to requests for comment.

Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution Ms Smith changed her Twitter account name during the pandemic to reflect the Government's policy, Stay Alert Save Lives.

Credit Suisse declined to comment.

Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South, said: "There's absolutely no way I'd hold anyone responsible for the views of their partner.

"However, if my partner was spouting forth Covid conspiracy, anti-vaccination nonsense, it is very likely the subject might come up for discussion at some point over tea."

Councillor Natasha Harpley, leader of Broadland Labour Group, said on Twitter: "Chloe Smith is not her husband's keeper but wow, how embarrassing.

"What an insult to the 1000s who have died & those experiencing actual mental ill health.

"I hope his ignorance hasn't compromised the health of both her & those she meets whilst carrying out MP duties."

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