Bridgen Suing Matt Hancock for £100,000, Hancock Demands Apology

Andrew Bridgen has followed through on his threat to set the lawyers on Matt Hancock. This morning Chopper reports Bridgen has sued Hancock for £100,000 for his “defamatory tweet falsely alleging that [he is] antisemitic”. Bridgen gave Hancock three days to apologise – he refused…

Hancock, however, isn’t backing down. In fact, now he wants an apology from Bridgen…

A spokesperson for Matt Hancock said:

“What Matt said was obviously not libellous and he stands by his comments. Rather than wasting his time and money on an absurd libel case he will undoubtedly lose, let’s hope Bridgen does the right thing and apologises for the hurt he’s caused and keeps his offensive view to himself in future.”

Popcorn…

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Bridgen’s Legal Deadline for Hancock Passes…

Andrew Bridgen’s apology deadline for Matt Hancock has come and gone, and still Matt’s tweet remains online. Bridgen gave Hancock three days to atone for his “defamatory tweet falsely alleging that [he is] antisemitic“, or face the wrath of his lawyers. That was last Friday…

Hancock’s team say they’ve still heard nothing from Bridgen or his learned friends, and Bridgen claims he’s heard nothing in return from Matt. Perhaps they will meet face-to-face now Bridgen’s suspension has expired. Although it doesn’t look like anything’s about to change soon: Hancock’s team told Guido Matt won’t be apologising anyway… 

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WATCH: Bridgen Denies Antisemitism

Andrew Bridgen has spoken for the first time since his de-whipping yesterday, and apologised for “any offence caused” by his tweet yesterday comparing the vaccine rollout to the Holocaust. He roundly denies that his tweet was racist, and says he has been in contact with a legal team to take action against anyone suggesting he is.

“The fact I have been suspended over this matter says a lot about the current state of our democracy, the right to free speech, and the apparent suspension of scientific method of analysis of medicines being administered to billions of people.”

In all fairness his tweet used arguably intemperate and inadvisable language, it wasn’t in and of itself antisemitic.

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Andrew Bridgen Loses Whip

Chief Whip Simon Hart:

“Andrew Bridgen has crossed a line, causing great offence in the process. As a nation we should be very proud of what has been achieved through the vaccine programme. The vaccine is the best defence against Covid that we have. Misinformation about the vaccine causes harm and costs lives. I am therefore removing the Whip from Andrew Bridgen with immediate effect, pending a formal investigation.”

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Blue on Blue Row as Bridgen Compares Vaccines to Holocaust

A blue-on-blue row has broken out as Tory MP Simon Clarke slams fellow Tory MP Andrew Bridgen over his decision to take up the anti-vax mantle in parliament. Despite his Commons suspension this week, he’s continued tweeted about vaccines, this morning taking his attacks a step further and accusing the vaccine rollout of being the “biggest crime against humanity since the holocaust”.

Former Tory MP Christian Wakeford also joined in, saying to make such a comparison during the month of Holocaust Memorial Day “is despicable” and asksWhen is it enough for the Tories to withdraw the whip?”

No.10 tells Tom Harwood that the PM hasn’t seen the tweet in question, and “any disciplinary processes are a matter for the whips”. The Whips office are keeping schtum for the moment…

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Commons Panel Rejects Bridgen’s Appeal

The Commons’ Independent Expert Panel has today dismissed an appeal by Andrew Bridgen against a decision by the Commons’ sleaze committee that he broke the code of conduct. Bridgen contested that the sanction imposed on him was “unreasonable or disproportionate”. The IEP, chaired by a retired appeal judge, dismissed the appeal on all grounds…

Bridgen also claimed the Commissioner’s investigation was flawed:

“his criticism is that the Commissioner failed to reflect the suggestion that the complaint against the Appellant was by a journalist who was politically or professionally motivated; failed to investigate properly whether his lobbying was permissible constituency business; and failed to take that factor into account in her recommendations to the Committee. She also failed to reflect the fact that, despite his contract with Mere Plantations Limited to provide services for a monthly fee of £1,000, he had not invoiced them and had received no money from them. He further sought to criticise the Commissioner on the ground that another Member had lobbied in circumstances where that Member owed a relevant debt, but that matter was resolved speedily and without referral to the Committee.”

The IEP replied in their report that “the journalistic or political motives behind any complaint are completely irrelevant.”

Rather than reducing the sentence, the panel notes that in fact the sanctions for breach of the rule against paid advocacy “could properly and fairly have been more severe”. Not the outcome he was hoping for…

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