Brexit Party removes the whip from an MEP for ‘unacceptable behaviour’
PUBLISHED: 08:37 29 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:56 29 September 2019
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Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has withdrawn the whip from one of its MEP’s over ‘a likely conflict of interest’.
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In a brief statement, the party said that the whip was being removed from West Midlands MEP Andrew England Kerr "with immediate effect".
"This is due to irreconcilable differences regarding a likely conflict of interest," the statement said.
Asked about the decision, Nigel Farage would not detail the accusations made about Kerr.
He told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "Well he is a MEP but he is also a shareholder in several businesses, and in our view, one or two of the things he said and done as an MEP could have been seen potentially as a personal gain through his business, and that to us is just not acceptable.
"We made these rules when they came in. Some will say we acted harshly - but we want to have the highest possible standards and we're not happy with what he's done."
Asked specifically what he had done, he said: "As I say, he has acted an MEP, making comments about a business and a product that he has a direct interest in and we think that's unacceptable."
England Kerr, 61, was due to appear on the BBC's Sunday Politics Midlands, but reportedly pulled out at the last minute.
He was one of 29 Brexit Party candidates elected in the European elections in May.
A qualified solicitor, he previously set up a law firm and is a director of a firm that designs and supplies life-saving equipment.
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