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Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith’s husband is a Covid conspiracy theorist

The husband of Conservative minister Chloe Smith is a Covid-19 conspiracy theorist who has called coronavirus a ‘mental illness’ – and retweeted posts describing the government as ‘globalist puppets’ and ‘tyrants’.

Sandy McFadzean attended Saturday’s march in London along with 10,000 other anti-vaxxers protesting against lockdown measures.

Father-of-two Mr McFadzean, a former officer in the Parachute Regiment, also retweeted a poster for the march, which called for no track and trace, an end to social distancing and no facemasks.

Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution Ms Smith, who is MP for Norwich North, has supported the government’s policies against coronavirus and changed her Twitter name during the pandemic to reflect the government message of ‘Stay Alert, Save Lives’.

However, Mr McFadzean denies the existence of Covid-19, writing on Twitter: ‘Government need to be clear. Either there is a killer virus on the loose or there isn’t. (Spoiler alert: There isn’t)’.

In July, he wrote: ‘Covid-19 is most likely an outbreak of mental illness.’

The husband of Government minister Chloe Smith is a Covid-19 conspiracy theorist who has called coronavirus a ‘mental illness’. Sandy McFadzean attended Saturday’s march (pictured at the event) in London along with thousands of other anti-vaxxers protesting against lockdown measures

Minister of State for the Constitution Chloe Smith - who is MP for Norwich North - has supported the government's policies against coronavirus and changed her Twitter name during the pandemic to reflect the government message of 'Stay Alert, Save Lives'. She is pictured in 2012 with Mr McFadzean, who denies the existence of Covid-19

Minister of State for the Constitution Chloe Smith – who is MP for Norwich North – has supported the government’s policies against coronavirus and changed her Twitter name during the pandemic to reflect the government message of ‘Stay Alert, Save Lives’. She is pictured in 2012 with Mr McFadzean, who denies the existence of Covid-19

Mr McFadzean wrote on Twitter: 'Government need to be clear. Either there is a killer virus on the loose or there isn't. (Spoiler alert: There isn't)' In July, he wrote: 'Covid-19 is most likely an outbreak of mental illness.' Above, his Twitter account, which was deleted yesterday

Mr McFadzean wrote on Twitter: ‘Government need to be clear. Either there is a killer virus on the loose or there isn’t. (Spoiler alert: There isn’t)’ In July, he wrote: ‘Covid-19 is most likely an outbreak of mental illness.’ Above, his Twitter account, which was deleted yesterday

More than 10,000 Covid-19 conspiracy theorists who believe the virus is a hoax gathered in London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday to protest against lockdown restrictions and vaccination programmes

More than 10,000 Covid-19 conspiracy theorists who believe the virus is a hoax gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday to protest against lockdown restrictions and vaccination programmes

Mr McFadzean also mentioned StandUp X in one Twitter post – a group which believes coronavirus will force vaccinations on people for the benefit of pharmaceutical companies and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

His account was deleted on Wednesday afternoon after Ms Smith, 38, was contacted by her local newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press reported.

Signs at Saturday’s march, which was led by conspiracy theorist David Icke, also included a poster calling for Mr Gates to be jailed, along with Ms Smith’s colleague, health secretary Matt Hancock.

More than 10,000 anti-lockdown protesters who believe coronavirus is a hoax gathered for the ‘Unite for Freedom’ rally which started at noon in the capital.

Who is Sandy McFadzean?Cambridge student, parachute regiment officer, financial consultant and conspiracy theorist

Sandy McFadzean was born in Scotland and grew up in north Wales.

He holds an MA from Cambridge University and served on a short service commission with the Parachute Regiment as an officer.

He later embarked on a financial service career, initially working for Morgan Stanley before moving to Deloitte.

Mr McFadzean, then 34, was working as a senior consultant with London-based finance firm Catalyst Development in 2012 when he met Chloe Smith, then aged 30 at a charity ball.

Chloe proposed to him after a four-month romance in her desire to strike a blow for equality.

Sandy McFadzean, then 34, was working as a senior consultant with London-based finance firm Catalyst Development in 2012 when he met Chloe Smith, then aged 30. (The couple are pictured in 2012)

Sandy McFadzean, then 34, was working as a senior consultant with London-based finance firm Catalyst Development in 2012 when he met Chloe Smith, then aged 30. (The couple are pictured in 2012)

They became engaged just after her car-crash interview with Jeremy Paxman in which she defended government policy on fuel.

The following day, Mr McFadzean accepted and produced a diamond ring – and the couple were married in 2013.

Ms Smith said it was ‘love at first sight’ when she met her husband-to-be at the charity event in the summer when he had just completed a triathlon.

‘By the time we met that evening, Sandy had swum to shore from the Isle of Wight, cycled 100 miles through the New Forest and run a half marathon into London, and still made it to the charity ball,’ she told the Norwich Evening News.

‘He is welcome to repeat that with a box of Milk Tray any time he likes.

‘I just loved the way Sandy talked. I was instantly attracted to his really relaxed manner and we just hit it off straight away. We share a great interest in the way the world works and what makes people tick.’

The couple have two children, Alastair, born in 2016, and Rosamund, born last year.

Sandy McFadzean and Chloe Smith became engaged soon after the MP's car-crash interview with Jeremy Paxman in 2012 (pictured) - which was described as a 'mauling' after she struggled to answer his questions on fuel duty

Sandy McFadzean and Chloe Smith became engaged soon after the MP’s car-crash interview with Jeremy Paxman in 2012 (pictured) – which was described as a ‘mauling’ after she struggled to answer his questions on fuel duty

The demonstrators called for an ‘end to Government lies’ and the restoration of all freedoms as they marched past Downing Street towards the Houses of Parliament.

Among the earlier posts Mr McFadzean retweeted was one which swore at the government for announcing fines on people who joined mass gatherings.

And the vice president at bank Credit Suisse also retweeted a post comparing the arrest of one of the march organiser’s, Piers Corbyn, to the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. 

Mr Corbyn, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy, was arrested and fined £10,000 after the march for the offence of holding a gathering of more than 30 people in an outdoor place. 

Demonstrators in the Unite for Freedom rally - which started at noon in the capital - called for an 'end to Government lies' and the restoration of all freedoms as they marched past Downing Street towards the Houses of Parliament (police pictured at the scene)

Demonstrators in the Unite for Freedom rally – which started at noon in the capital – called for an ‘end to Government lies’ and the restoration of all freedoms as they marched past Downing Street towards the Houses of Parliament (police pictured at the scene)

Other speakers included David Icke, who believes coronavirus is linked to 5G technology.

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

Chloe Smith (above) proposed to her future husband in 2013 after a four-month romance. She said at the time it was 'love at first sight' when she met the former soldier at a charity event

Chloe Smith (above) proposed to her future husband in 2013 after a four-month romance. She said at the time it was ‘love at first sight’ when she met the former soldier at a charity event

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

Chloe Smith proposed to her future husband in 2013 after a four-month romance.

She said at the time it was ‘love at first sight’ when she met the former soldier at a charity event.

‘I just loved the way Sandy talked,’ she said in 2013. ‘I was instantly attracted to his really relaxed manner and we just hit it off straight away. 

‘We share a great interest in the way the world works and what makes people tick.’

Mr McFadzean, a financial consultant, said at the time: ‘One of the features of our relationship is that we have quite clear views on equality and we are a very equal couple. We realised really quickly that we wanted to be together.’ 

MailOnline has contacted Ms Smith for comment.