'Couldn't you just pull up your sleeve?' - Nottinghamshire MP's hairy chest makes news in USA

A Nottinghamshire MP has hit the headlines in the US after having to ‘show a bit more flesh than normal’ while getting his Covid jab.

By Sophie Wills
Monday, 10th May 2021, 11:35 am

A picture of Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith being inoculated at Retford Hospital was featured on CBS This Morning as part of a report about key figures using social media to encourage vaccinations.

Politicians across Europe have been teased for ‘baring their humanity’ by unbuttoning their shirts to receive the vaccine, instead of just rolling up their sleeves.

When questioned by a CBS reporter, Mr Clarke-Smith replied: "I got a little bit more publicity than I was expecting.

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"I wasn’t expecting to get the vaccine, if I was I would have worn a t-shirt.

"I probably had to show a bit more flesh than I was expecting. I’m quite hairy as well so I got a few comments about that, too.”

The picture also made appearance on Channel 4’s The Last Leg, landing a spot in a parody ‘MmmmPs 2021’ calendar.

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Mr Clarke-Smith said he 'wasn't expecting' to get the vaccine at Retford Hospital, otherwise he would 'have worn a t-shirt'.