A HAGLEY neurologist who was slammed by a top Tory MP on national radio and then in the House of Commons for his views on a no deal Brexit says he accepts Jacob Rees-Mogg’s apology but he’s called on him to repeat it in Parliament.

Leader of the House of Commons, Mr Rees-Mogg, issued an apology to Dr David Nicholl whom he accused of fearmongering during a radio phone in on LBC earlier this week which prompted Conservative MP Dr Phillip Lee to jump ship to the Lib Dems – causing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lose his majority.

Supporters of the doc, however, have been taking to Twitter and called on Mr Rees-Mogg to issue his apology in the House of Commons where he also attacked Dr Nicholl for warning of fatalities in the event of a no deal Brexit and compared him to the discredited Dr Andrew Wakefield, who was struck off for his controversial article linking the MMR vaccine with autism.

Dr Nicholl, a consultant neurologist who contributed to the government's no-deal Brexit planning documents dubbed Operation Yellowhammer, later said he had accepted the apology but added: “Hopefully he will reflect on his choice of words better next time. I would be grateful if he could address this in the HoC where his comments were first made.”

A supporter on Twitter, Simon Whittaker, said: “A retraction recorded in Hansard is the very least he can do. The very least.”

Another, Jan Bird, said: “It’s every important that his apology should be made in the same theatre, and should stand as a matter of public record. I trust he’ll do that and soon.”

Speaking to media after the incident, Dr Nicholl said of Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments: “His actions were the actions of a coward, using Parliamentary privilege to defame an expert advisor. Why should any expert advisor ever volunteer to advise the government if they going to be slandered in Parliament using Parliamentary privilege?

“To compare me with a disgraced struck off doctor is appalling, I find it very offensive. It really is shameful for him to behave in that way.”

Dr Nicholl, who works for Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, has previously told how he is worried there will be patient harm in the event of a no deal Brexit – a concern that began when he started to realise there were problems with stockpiling certain vital drugs.