The Day Democracy Died
I am suing Mr Hancock for defamation.
Earlier this year, the former Health Secretary described me in a tweet as a “disgusting and dangerous” propagator of anti-Semitism. I believe this was to stop me asking questions about the safety and efficacy of Covid vaccines on behalf of my constituents and other members of the public who have suffered adverse reactions to the vaccines and from Covid policy in many other ways.
If I am successful, any damages awarded will be donated IN FULL to support the seriously vaccine injured and their ongoing fight for recognition and remedy.
Support free speech and the right of MPs to give a voice to the unheard. If you can, please support my case against Mr Hancock.
Thank you. Andrew Bridgen
I am Andrew Bridgen and I am the Member of Parliament for North West Leicestershire. I entered Parliament in order to serve the public. I endeavour to serve all my constituents, no matter what their problems, or how unfashionable their cause.
Casualties of the UK Government’s Covid response
When many of my constituents and members of the wider public approached me to discuss possible harms caused by the Covid-19 vaccinations, I tried to raise their concerns in Parliament, with little success. The Government is simply uninterested in acknowledging the side effects or the stories of those who have been seriously injured by the Covid vaccines; in the care home workers who lost their jobs for choosing not to take the Covid vaccine; in the family members whose loved ones died alone and confused during lockdown; in the cancer patients still on endless wait lists for urgent treatment; in the parents of children whose mental health and life chances have suffered irreparably as a result of school closures; in the small business owners who lost their livelihoods; or in those tragic victims of lockdowns who took their own lives.
Do we see any recognition or contrition from Government ministers who enforced Covid response policies while breaking the rules themselves? Have those in power who partied, had affairs or frolicked in the jungle, while the rest of us were instructed to stay at home and isolate “to save lives”, really offered us an explanation for their actions?
Mr Hancock, former Health Secretary
On 11th January 2023, the former Health Secretary who was responsible for overseeing the UK Government’s Covid Response described me as a “disgusting and dangerous” propagator of anti-Semitism.
Why? Because I tried to voice the concerns of my constituents and draw attention to the extent of Covid vaccine harms.
Mr Hancock’s words are defamatory and so I am bringing a civil action in defamation against him. Many Jewish people and organisations, as well as medical professionals, have expressed support for me and reject any suggestion that I am anti-Semitic. Mr Hancock’s smear is untrue and there is zero evidence to support it.
But there is more to this than my personal reputation: Mr Hancock’s smear and false allegations of racism has served to stifle Parliamentary debate – presumably in the hope that any uncomfortable truths about his Covid regime will fade away. My legal action against Mr Hancock is therefore a defence not of Andrew Bridgen, but of free speech itself - the basis of any healthy democracy.
Our political culture is in crisis
My legal action is about creating a more transparent political culture - one that voters can have confidence in. It is about the right of sitting MPs to represent the people they are paid to serve, without being targeted by ugly smears designed to silence any criticism of Government policy.
Do you think our current leaders regard themselves as duty bound to listen to the people who pay their wages?
Funds raised and the vaccine injured
With your generosity, the funds raised here will help to cover the legal costs of my challenge to Mr Hancock and he will have to demonstrate in a court of law that his smear campaign against me was in fact honest and truthful.
ALL surplus funds raised and ANY damages awarded will be donated IN FULL to support the vaccine injured and those still fighting for recognition: individuals who, along with their grieving families, have been completely ignored in this sorry moment of our history.
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Bob and Gerry Thank you for fighting on our behalf Andrew.
Tony I think you will find the courts just as biased as Matt Hancock and just as keen to prevent you speaking out.
But maybe this case will worry the smear merchants a little - worth a donation for that.
Ian Your courage in standing up against defamation and advocating for the rights and concerns of those affected by Covid policies is commendable. With this donation, I stand with you in the fight for justice, free speech, and the recognition of those adversely impacted by vaccine policies.
Margaret One of our rare MPs with the courage to challenge the Covid lies and deceipt. He deserves all our support.
Catherine Huge respect and thanks for everything you are doing for us Andrew. The UK would be an even darker and more sinister place without your unwavering strength and courage. Millions of us without a voice are so grateful you are speaking for us
Debby If there is any justice, you will win hands down.
Terry Best of luck, Andrew.
Robert Andrew, thank you for the courageous stand you are taking. You are in my prayers, and the prayers of countless others. May God bless and protect you and your loved ones.
Sarah Thank you so much Mr. Bridgen. Jesus bless you and your whole family.
Peter God bless you Mr Bridgen keep fighting for us.
Jonathan I am full of Admiration for you as you stand alone on the parapet of Truth fighting for Justice, whilst your cowardly Cohorts desert you and the people they are supposed to protect, God Speed Andrew
Michael Good luck Mr Bridgen and God speed your case to a successful conclusion. It was an obnoxious and malicious defamation of you in the public arena. Your bravery in the face of this is admirable and I readily support you in what little I can pledge
Catherine Where would we be without you Andrew? I dread to think. Keep on keeping on please for all our sakes.
Lynn What a strong and noble man you are Mr Bridgen, utter respect for you!
Catherine You have our wholehearted support. Thank you for everything you are doing and saying and continuing to raise and dispute and debate on behalf of all those who were affected by or tried to question Covid policy. We must not be silenced.
Julie You are brilliant. And have my support .They are all cowards we need more MPs like you .
Seniz Good luck Andrew
Vivien What you do is amazing and I am happy to help you continue, it is so important
Gary You have my full support, I thank you for your courage and your honesty.
The parties are due to attend a half day court hearing, on a date to be agreed before March 27th 2024, which will enable the court to consider a Strike-Out application petitioned by the defendant. If that application fails then there will be a trial of preliminary issues followed by full trial probably towards the end of 2024.
Given the laws preventing potentially prejudicial commentary whilst proceedings are live, Andrew cannot give a running opinion on the merits of the matter save for repeating what was in the public domain before the claim form was served. As a reminder, Andrew raised concerns on behalf of his constituents about the safety and efficacy of the Covid vaccines - concerns shared by many highly qualified and respected members of the medical establishment across this country and internationally.
For questioning government vaccine policies, Andrew claims he was smeared as a "disgusting" propagator of "anti-Semitic" theories. The message to the rest of us was clear: question government policy; expect to be similarly smeared as a racist and cancelled.
All of you have helped immeasurably by understanding the constitutional and political significance of this case.
Your generosity and support will enable a brand new test case for democracy and free speech.
Given the passage of the case to date, funds have been drawn down to pay for legal expenses.
ALL surplus funds raised and ANY damages awarded will be donated IN FULL to support the vaccine injured and those still fighting for recognition.
We will update you on further legal developments as they arise. Until then, from all of us, and from Andrew and his family, thank you again.Gary, Orpington