Andrew Bridgen, the MP for North West Leicestershire, has been permanently expelled from the Conservative Party following a suspension in January following his comments comparing vaccines to the Holocaust. The MP had also been found guilty of putting pressure on Kathryn Stone, the former Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, following his breach of Commons rules on advocacy and interests. The decision from the Conservative Party means that he will be unable to be a candidate for the party at the next General Election, but can retain his Parliamentary seat until then.
Bridgen posted on social media today:
“My expulsion from the Conservative Party under false pretences only confirms the toxic culture which plagues our political system. Above all else this is an issue of freedom of speech. No elected Member of Parliament should ever be penalised for speaking on behalf of those who have no voice. The Party has been sure to make an example of me.”