Suspension of Lee Anderson Was a Mistake, Leaked Tory Messages State

Leaked messages between Tory MPs show that the party’s decision to suspend former deputy leader Lee Anderson, who accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of being under the “control” of “Islamists”, was a sign that voters were Amid the backlash, some lament that it may have been a political mistake.

On Saturday, the Tory MP for Ashfield was forced to withdraw his whip after failing to recant his claims that Islamic extremists were “controlling” far-left London mayor and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer. The remarks follow months of apparently lax police crackdown on anti-Israel protests in London and a chaotic vote in parliament last week for a ceasefire between Israeli and Hamas terrorists. Lord Hoyle voted because he feared violent retaliation from the government. He was a terrorist, he claimed – breaking with convention in a move that benefited his old party, the Labor Party.

In response to claims by former Home Secretary Suela Braverman that “Islamists” and “anti-Semites” are ruling the country, Mr Anderson said: Said Friday: “Actually, I don’t believe that Islamists control our country, but what I do believe is that they control Khan, they control London. And they… is also in control of Starmer.”

Suggestions that Mayor Khan, a Pakistani Muslim, was under the control of “Islamists” sparked a media firestorm and ultimately led to Mr Anderson being suspended by parliament as a member of his party. Rather than calming the storm, the move appeared to intensify it, shifting the focus significantly from anti-Semitism within the Labor Party to supposed “Islamophobia” within the Conservative Party.

Monday’s message is obtained According to Sky News from a WhatsApp group of Conservative MPs who were elected to the House of Commons in 2019, many within the party said the suspension of Mr Anderson, who is popular among working-class voters, was a strategic blunder. It was suggested that he believed. Councilor Jill Mortimer reportedly shared a message from a constituent who said she would never vote Conservative again and that “Lee Anderson’s suspension is the final nail in the party’s coffin”.

Other MPs, including Sarah Dines and Sarah Atherton, reportedly said they were also receiving backlash from constituents in their message groups, while Peter Gibson posted a message on ‘Inbox’ with ‘Inbox’. ‘ is displayed. [is] It’s very positive for Leigh.” Some also pointed out that Brexit leader Nigel Farage was openly courting Mr Anderson to join Reform UK, but Tom Hunt said it was a Conservative party. He reportedly told them that it was “not good at all.”

Despite this, Chancellor Rishi Sunak defended the decision to suspend Anderson, saying: saying Hit telegraph paper: “Obviously his choice of words was unacceptable. It was wrong. That’s why the whip was suspended. Words matter, especially in the current environment of heightened tensions, and we must I think it is incumbent on all of us to choose carefully.”

For his part, Anderson doesn’t seem interested in apologizing for his comments. tell GB News on Monday: “If you’re wrong, apologizing is a sign of strength, not weakness. But you should never apologize when you think you’re right. Because it shows weakness.”

“My words may have been clumsy, but my words were born out of pure frustration at what is happening to our beautiful capital,” he added, adding that the mayor was “not for political gain”. accused him of taking a soft approach to pro-Palestinian marches.

Mr Anderson has been supported by Reform UK leader Richard Tice, who said in a statement provided to Breitbart London: “Mr Lee is a leader for millions of people who are appalled by what is happening to our country. He is the voice of the people.”

Mr Tice accused Mayor Khan and Rishi Sunak’s “ruthless government” of “losing control of the streets” by allowing “pro-Hamas, hateful anti-Semitic marches to continue”. He pointed out that it started before the military arrived. Israel’s response to the October 7 terrorist attack by Hamas.

“The Jewish community is scared. Londoners are scared. MPs are scared. Speakers are scared. Even the police are so scared that they have no idea what needs to be done to maintain peace in the capital. In other words, it seems impossible to arrest people who clearly violate the law.

“Lee Anderson may have been clumsy in his precise choice of words, but his sentiments are supported by millions of British people, including myself. Westminster and the rabid left establishment “I’ve never been so disconnected from the public,” Tice said.

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