Local Civic Democrats withdraw membership from Vlastimil Tlustý
Rebel Civic Democrat MP Vlastimil Tlustý’s party membership has been cancelled, his local party association announced on Thursday after a meeting. The chairman of the Rakovník party Zdeněk Nejdl said 15 of the 23 members voted for the step. Tlustý, a former Civic Democrat finance minister, was one of four MPs who voted with the left-wing opposition to bring down the centre-right coalition government of Mirek Topolánek last month. He has since announced he would stand in European Parliament elections for the Libertas.cz eurosceptic party but refused to resign from the Civic Democrats.