The Independents now outnumber the Lib Dems after Andrew Bridgen lost the Tory whip

The decision to remove Andrew Bridgen from the Conservative seat means there are now 15 independent MPs in the House of Commons, one more than the Liberal Democrats.

even of these MPs were formerly Labor Members, while six were formerly Conservatives. The SNP and Plaid Cymru both picked up the whip from one of their members.

Most independent members continue to vote in line with their former parties.

Below is a list of these independent MPs and the reasons why they lost their party whips.

– Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire)

Andrew Bridgen had exposed the Conservatives’ lash on Wednesday after tweeting comments comparing the Covid vaccine to the Holocaust. Tory chief whip Simon Hart said Mr Bridgen “crossed a line and caused great insult in the process”.

– Nick Brown (Newcastle-upon-Tyne East)

Longtime Labor MP and former chief whip Nick Brown lost the whip in September 2022 pending the outcome of an internal inquiry into a complaint against him. The nature of the complaint was not made public.


Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has been an independent MP since October 2020 (Lucy North/PA)

– Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn had his whip removed and was suspended from the party in 2020 after responding to a highly critical report on anti-Semitism within the party by saying the scale of the problem was “dramatically exaggerated for political reasons”. been.

He then had his party membership restored and tried to clarify his comments by saying that concerns about anti-Semitism were “neither ‘exaggerated’ nor ‘exaggerated'”.

However, current Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has refused to reinstate him.


Neil Coyle lost the Labor whip after making racist remarks to a journalist in a Parliamentary bar. (Jonathan Brady/PA)

-Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark)

Labor suspended Neil Coyle from the whip in February 2022 over allegations that he had made racist comments to a journalist in Parliament’s Strangers’ Bar.

– Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Plaid Cymru withdrew the whip from Jonathan Edwards in May 2020 after the MP was arrested on suspicion of assault. He later accepted a police warning for assaulting his wife.

In August 2022, Plaid Cymru said it would reinstate Mr Edwards into its Westminster group, but the MP opted to remain independent after his wife denounced the decision, saying it would be a “time of quiet reflection”. enable.


Margaret Ferrier has been suspended from the SNP after it was revealed she broke lockdown rules. (Parliamentary TV)

—Margaret Ferrier (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)

Margaret Ferrier was suspended from the SNP in October 2020 after it was revealed she had broken lockdown rules by traveling to and from London to attend Parliament, despite having Covid-19 symptoms and later testing positive virus was tested.

In August 2022, Ms Ferrier admitted breaking Covid rules and a month later she was ordered by a Glasgow court to do 270 hours of community payback. It remains under investigation by Parliament’s Standards Commissioner.


Matt Hancock’s performance on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! cost him the Conservative Whip in November 2022 (Yui Mok/PA)

– Matt Hancock (West Suffolk)

Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock was stripped of the Conservative whip in November 2022 after announcing he had flown to Australia to appear on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! even though Parliament is in session.

Mr Hancock then announced his intention to step down as MP at the next election.


Former Labor MP Rupa Huq was suspended from the party in September 2022 (John Stillwell/PA)

– Rupa Huq (Ealing Central and Acton)

Rupa Huq was suspended by Labor during the party’s annual meeting in September 2022 after she called then-Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng “superficially” black.

She subsequently apologized for her comments, which Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer called “racist”, but was not reinstated in the Parliamentary party.


Julian Knight had suspended the Conservative stick in December 2022 (David Parry/PA)

– Julian Knight (solihull)

Senior Tory Julian Knight had suspended the whip in December 2022 after it emerged he was the subject of a serious sexual assault allegation which was reported to the Metropolitan Police.

Mr Knight was not arrested in connection with the allegation and said the decision to remove the whip “deprived me of my right to anonymity or a fair hearing”. He denies any wrongdoing.

– Conor McGinn (St Helens North)

Labor suspended Conor McGinn in December 2022 pending an internal party investigation into a complaint against him. The nature of the complaint was not made public.


Chris Pincher lost the Conservative whip over allegations he groped two men at the Carlton Club (Aaron Chown/PA)

– Chris Pinscher (tamworth)

Chris Pincher lost the Conservative whip in July 2022, a day after he resigned as deputy chief whip after he was accused of groping two men at the Carlton Club in London the night before.

The aftermath of the incident led to Boris Johnson’s resignation as Prime Minister a week later.

Mr Pincher remains an MP and is currently under investigation by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner for “acts seriously damaging to the reputation of the House as a whole, or of its Members generally”.

– Christina Rees (Under)

Labor suspended Christina Rees from the party in October 2022 following allegations of bullying. The Guardian reported that the complaints were made by staff in her constituency in South Wales.

-Rob Roberts (delyn)

Rob Roberts was suspended by the Conservatives in May 2021 after Parliamentary authorities found he had repeatedly and unintentionally made advances to a staffer.

Mr Roberts apologized for his actions and was suspended from the House of Commons for six weeks, with several MPs calling for his resignation.

– David Warburton (Somerton and Frome)

The Conservatives took the whip off David Warburton in April 2022 after The Sunday Times reported that allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use had been made against him.

He is said to have denied any wrongdoing.


MP Claudia Webbe lost the Labor whip after being charged with harassment in 2020 (Aaron Chown/PA)

– Claudia Webbe (Leicester East)

Claudia Webbe has been sitting as an independent since September 2020 when she lost the whip after being accused of molestation.

A year later, she was sentenced to a 10-week suspended sentence and 200 hours of community service for the crime.

In May 2022, she lost an appeal against her conviction, but her sentence was reduced to 80 hours of community service. The Independents now outnumber the Lib Dems after Andrew Bridgen lost the Tory whip

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