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Jeremy Clarkson has slammed claims the Conservatives are to blame for NHS funding cuts which some campaigners have insisted has sparked a rise in diseases such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia.
The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency(UKHSA) shows that diagnoses of gonorrhoea and syphilis have surged in the last year.
Gonorrhoea has increased from 71,133 diagnoses per year before the pandemic to 82,592 in 2022 and it’s now the second most commonly diagnosed STI behind chlamydia.
The former Top Gear presenter suggested the claim the Tories were the cause was “nonsense” in his latest column for The Sun.
Jeremy questioned the reason behind the increase in STIs, as he wrote: “It’s because of . . . drum roll . . . yes, you’ve guessed it, the Tories.
“Really? Are they saying that we are all so aroused by Jacob Rees Mogg and Liz Truss that we can’t contain ourselves and are rushing into town to have unprotected and urgent sex with the newsagent?
“It seems implausible so I did some checking and apparently, it’s the Tory budget cuts that are to blame. Rubbish.”
The 63-year-old suggested sex is the last thing in life that’s untaxed and free so surely the government could not be held accountable.
There has been a 50 per cent rise in STI cases on the year before and the biggest number and figures show the biggest jump happening in 2022.
He said: “Yes, these left-wing halfwits can say the Tories slashed the NHS funding and let the roads become more pockmarked than a teenager’s face.
“But they cannot tell us that due to Tory budget cuts, we are having more unprotected sex.”
“Because that’s just nonsense,” he concluded.
The age group most likely to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is people who are aged between 15 and 24.
Some of the rise will be due to increased testing, but the scale of the surge strongly suggests that there are more of infections around, says the UKHSA.
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