Andrew Bridgen issues first statement after election loss saw him finish second to last

Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, is interviewed on College Green about the Conservative leadership contest on 24 October 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Rishi Sunak had just become leader of the Conservatives without a vote being cast following the withdrawal from the contest of Penny Mordaunt after she narrowly failed to attract the required 100 nominations from Conservative MPs. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
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Former North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen has spoken out for the time since losing his seat. The Independent candidate came a surprising second to last in the vote last Thursday (July 4) as Labour won the General Election.

Mr Bridgen, who was first elected as North West Leicestershire’s MP in 2010, stood once more in the seat, but this time as an Independent after being expelled by the Conservatives after controversial comments on Covid-19 vaccines in which he compared them to the Holocaust. However, his 14 years as MP came to an end after he recorded just 1,568 votes to put him sixth out of seven candidates on the ballot paper.

Labour’s Amanda Hack won the North West Leicestershire constituency, becoming the first Labour MP in the area since the late David Taylor. She is also the first female MP for the area too. Mr Bridgen was not in attendance as the results were announced in the early hours of Friday morning (July 5) in Coalville.

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Amanda Hack, Labour candidate for North West Leicestershire
Amanda Hack is now North West Leicestershire's MP -Credit:Labour Party

Labour’s North West Leicestershire win mirrored much of the national picture as Labour swept into the corridors of power at 10 Downing Street, with Sir Keir Starmer now Prime Minister. The Conservatives are also seeking a new leader after former PM Rishi Sunak confirmed his resignation in the wake of the election defeat.

For Mr Bridgen, he has now spoken publicly for the first time since his election loss - and has vowed to continue his fight on purported vaccine harms relating to Covid-19 - a topic on which he has become a highly vocal critic. During his time as MP, he received high levels of criticism from within the House of Commons after repeated clashes with the now former leader of the Commons, Penny Mordaunt.

He said: “Thanks everyone for your kind words of support and encouragement. I am sorry we did not manage to get the result. Please rest assured that what I believe and think has not and will not change.”

The former MP also spoke of the “privilege” in representing the North West Leicestershire seat for 14 years - a time which has seen him be a Tory MP as well as brief stints as a Reclaim Party MP and most recently as an Independent. He also wished luck to his successor, hoping “she enjoys the task” as much as he has.

Ms Hack has vowed to give her all in the seat. The newly-elected MP said: “Thank you for your trust in voting for me. I will not let you down. I am here to serve you. There’s a lot to be getting on with delivering and I intend to deliver this.”

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