Boris Johnson faces calls to “immediately” sack new Downing Street aide Andrew Sabisky, who said brain-boosting drugs were “probably worth a dead kid”.
The newly-hired advisor also once called for a “universal contraception” programme to stop the creation of what he termed a “permanent underclass”.
The 27-year-old researcher was handed a role as a contractor after the PM’s senior advisor Dominic Cummings put out an advert for “misfits and weirdos” to work at Number 10.
Labour has urged the PM to sack Sabisky, saying there were were “no words” to describe his comments.
Sabisky is reported to have posted to a website run by Cummings, saying existing vaccination laws could pave a way for mandatory birth control.
“One way to get around problems of unplanned pregnancies creating a permanent underclass would be to legally enforce universal uptake of long-term contraception at the onset of puberty,” he wrote.
“Vaccination laws give it a precedent, I would argue.”
In a 2016 interview with Schools Week, Sabisky also discusses a drug called modafinil.
It is usually used to tackle sleepiness due to narcolepsy but can be used as a brain-enhancer. Its side effects in children include a higher risk of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which is a life-threatening condition that causes a person’s skin to die and falls off.
He told Schools Week: “From a societal perspective the benefits of giving everyone modafinil once a week are probably worth a dead kid once a year.”
The Mail on Sunday also reported that Sabisky did not agree that female genital mutilation (FGM) was a scandal.
“It is still unclear to what extent FGM represents a serious risk to young girls, raised in the UK, of certain minority group origins,” he wrote.
“Much of the hue and cry looks more like a moral panic.”
In a series of now-deleted tweets, the researcher also described female Labour MPs Yvette Cooper, Angela Rayner and Rebecca Long-Bailey as “dim”, while writing in another: “I am always straight up in saying that women’s sport is more comparable to the Paralympics than it is to men’s.”
According to the Times, Sabisky has already attended several meetings in Number 10 and reports to Cummings.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps was pressed on the issue when he appeared on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.
“Not only have I not seen the story I don’t actually know the individual you are referring to at all,” he said.
He went on to say the comments made by Sabisky were views “neither I or the government share in any shape or form”.
Labour MP Jess Phillips said Johnson had gone “full Trumpian” and has called Tory MPs “spineless and weak” for refusing to speak out about Sabisky.
So Johnson and Cummings will go full Trumpian...this should be no surprise. What does surprise me is that while it is happening Tories who would express private horror or would express public horror if it were the Labour party sit by complicity. I could name and shame so many. https://t.co/JJbPI0B3pR— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) February 16, 2020
The lack of courage in parliament is the greatest shock to me. People who will turn up to have pictures in front of statues of women, who will wave flags on this international day or that but will stand silentg if their boss asks someone who flirts with eugenics to join the team.— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) February 16, 2020
Spineless and weak.— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) February 16, 2020
Labour’s David Lammy, meanwhile, called the appointment “sinister”.
So when Dominic Cummings put out an advert for 'weirdos' to work in Number 10, it turns out he meant supporters of Eugenics. Deeply sinister. Andrew Sabisky should be nowhere near government. https://t.co/whzaPXsV5D— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) February 16, 2020
Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said: “There are really no words to describe Boris Johnson’s appointment as one of his senior advisers a man who is on record as supporting the forced sterilisation of people he considers not worthy. He must of course be removed from this position immediately.”
Number 10 has declined to comment.
It comes after Sajid Javid resigned as chancellor rather than have Cummings dictate who his advisors were and after Number 10 clashed with political journalists by trying to restrict briefings.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.