Former UB40 singer Matt Hoy has claimed he was "discriminated against" after being forced to leave the band for refusing the Covid jab.
The 51-year-old musician had been a member of the English pop reggae band for 11 years before he departed the band last year.
Hoy spoke out about his shock exit from the band for the first time on GB News, during Mark Steyn's show.
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The vocalist slammed the group for a 'lack of loyalty' as being in the band had felt like being in a second family.
He said: "To have your entire career taken away from you over a jab is a terrifying prospect. This is discrimination. Being in the band was like having a second family, where was the loyalty?"
The singer alleged he had been advised against the Covid vaccine by his GP, but his band's management disregarded this.
Matt has suffered cardiovascular issues for several years and was advised to take the flu jab in 2019.
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But he experienced severe reactions including other heart issues and swelling in his lymph nodes.
Hoy's GP, Dr Shereen Saleh, confirmed to GB News that the risk of him taking the jab was too great.
He said: “Every patient has various risk vs benefit profiles and should be considered and consented on an individual basis as per good medical practice.
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“Taking his risk factors into consideration along with his medical history and history of an adverse reaction to a previous vaccine, the risks outweigh the benefits.
“Alongside the fact that the vaccine does not confer protection to others, there was no need for him to have the vaccine for the sake of his band members”
Hoy, who suffered from mental health issues, said leaving the band "greatly exacerbated" his depression.
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He said: "My facebook page became a community for those suffering from mental health issues as a result of looming vaccine mandates as well as the effects of lockdown.
"To lose one's job is to lose one's livelihood. I would know"
He added: "We have completely underestimated the effects of these policies on our mental health. It is the great scandal of this crisis"
Hoy showed GB News email evidence that he could not continue working as a member of the band without a Covid jab.
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