Andrew Bridgen has been expelled from the Conservative Party after raising concerns about coronavirus vaccine harms.
Mr. Bridgen was stripped of the Tory whip and forced to sit as an independent MP in January after tweeting that the Covid vaccines were the “biggest crime against humanity since the Holocaust”, a statement he attributed to an unnamed cardiologist and endorsed.
A Conservative Party spokesman confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Mr. Bridgen has now been formally kicked out of the party, the Telegraph reports. The spokesman said:
Mr. Bridgen was expelled from the Conservative Party on April 12th following the recommendation of a disciplinary panel. He has 28 days from this date to appeal.
Bridgen said in a statement:
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 their constituents and those who have no such voice or platform.
As a vocal critic of the vaccine rollout amongst other issues such as Net Zero, illegal immigration and political corruption the Party has been sure to make an example of me.
I am grateful for my newfound freedom and will continue to fight for justice, speech, and liberty. I will continue to serve my constituents as I was elected to do and intend to stand again at the next election.