Further to the allegations made on the Hope not Hate website, earlier this morning the Chief Whip and I took the decision to suspend Andy Weatherhead as a Member of the Conservative Group at Kent County Council with immediate effect.
We have been in contact with, and have acted in coordination with the national Conservative Party, who will be investigating the matter.
Without prejudging the investigation, I must emphasise that the abhorrent views and associations described in the article have no place in the Conservative Group at Kent County Council.
Any further enquiries are to be directed to the national Conservative Party. No further comments will be made.
Cllr Roger Gough
Kent County Council - Group Leader
Statement issued at 0945hrs 16 November 2022