UK Council Cancels Global COVID Health Conference

By Owen Evans
Owen Evans
Owen Evans
Owen Evans is a UK-based journalist covering a wide range of national stories, with a particular interest in civil liberties and free speech.
May 9, 2022 Updated: May 9, 2022

A global health group says a local UK council has pulled the plug on their post-COVID conference out of fear it would bring their town into disrepute.

In May, the World Council for Health is hoping to host its Better Way Conference in Bath, with big names from around the world such as Dr. Tess Lawrie, Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Ryan Cole, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., The HighWire’s Del Bigtree, Bret Weinstein, GB Media’s Neil Oliver, journalist Maajid Nawaz, and more.

The speakers are known for having alternative approaches and major criticisms to official COVID narratives. Lawrie, organiser and spokesperson for the World Council for Health, is also the founder of The British Ivermectin Recommendation Development Group (BIRD) which studies the effectiveness of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of coronavirus.

Lawrie told GB News on Sunday that the reason the event was cancelled was because it “upset the vaccine rollout in Bath.” The Epoch Times contacted Bath and Northeast Somerset Council (B&NES) for comment.

The conference had planned on hosting the 2000 attendee conference in the heart of Bath on May 20–22 at the Assembly Rooms, a famed eighteenth-century building owned by the National Trust but run by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

In a statement on Sunday, the World Council for Health said that the council had failed to honor its contract.

“Given that Bath has been an internationally renowned home of healing for hundreds of years—and humanitarian discussions are of critical importance for the world right now—this is an extremely short-sighted decision from B&NES,” Lawrie said.

“The Better Way Conference is all about an evidence-based approach to medical decision making, sovereignty, empowerment, and reimagining the future of health care. We have many thousands of people supporting this conference both in-person and online and we fully intend to run the event as scheduled,” she added.

However, Lawrie added that after witnessing similar attempts at preventing experts and professionals from speaking, gathering, and sharing information at venues and events around the world, she was “prepared for the possibility of such a situation” and will host the event at another venue.

Talking to GB News, presenter and speaker Neil Oliver said he was shocked to hear the claim that its speakers would in some way bring disrepute upon the town.

“When I heard that the council had decided to pull the venue, I just thought what a sad indictment on free speech in the country,” said Oliver.

Owen Evans
Owen Evans is a UK-based journalist covering a wide range of national stories, with a particular interest in civil liberties and free speech.