Ex-Tory MP Lee Anderson defects to Reform UK

Unlock the Editor’s Digest for freeRoula Khalaf, Editor of the FT, selects her favorite tales on this weekly publication.Former Conservative deputy chair Lee Anderson has defected to Reform UK, handing the populist right-wing get together its first MP.The transfer, introduced on Monday at a Westminster press convention, got here after Anderson was stripped of the Tory whip for refusing to apologise for saying London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan was within the grip of Islamists.Anderson had been Tory deputy chair till January, when he resigned from the function to insurgent in opposition to Rishi Sunak’s flagship laws to get his plan to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda off the bottom. He finally abstained.The Ashfield MP has now joined his third political get together in six years. He was beforehand a Labour councillor earlier than defecting to the Tories in 2018.Anderson mentioned on Monday “I need my nation again” and insisted his views had been shared by thousands and thousands of individuals throughout the UK.He added it was “not controversial” to be involved about migration, policing, road crime, shoplifters and “hate marches” — a reference to pro-Palestinian demonstrations.The Conservative get together didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.Richard Tice, chief of Reform, mentioned Anderson could be a “no nonsense” champion for the “pink wall”, the swath of historically Labour-voting constituencies within the midlands and north of England, lots of which switched to the Tories in 2019.On the press convention on Monday, Tice mentioned: “Nothing works — Britain is damaged, and everyone knows who broke it.” He accused the Tories of getting “imposed” mass migration on the UK, which he claimed was making the nation poorer. Tice mentioned his get together was making headway within the pink wall, as he described his ambition to “change the Tories as the primary different to Starmer-geddon”.In accordance with the Monetary Instances UK common election ballot tracker, Reform is polling at 11.2 per cent, up from 6 per cent in March final 12 months.RecommendedThe Liberal Democrats mentioned Anderson’s defection confirmed that the prime minister “can’t govern his personal get together not to mention the nation”.Daisy Cooper, Lib Dem deputy chief, mentioned Sunak’s “authority lies in tatters after the person he personally appointed to be deputy chairman of the Conservatives has defected to a different get together”.The defection got here forward of a brand new extremism definition set to be unveiled by communities secretary Michael Gove on Thursday.One Labour shadow cupboard member mentioned: “You’d anticipate them to stay to the financial system, on condition that the Price range was final week. As a substitute of which they’re enjoying straight into the arms of Reform.”

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