30p Lee (Anderson) becomes three-party Lee in defection to Reform UK

Last Updated: March 11, 2024By Tags: , , , , , ,

A former Tory MP who was suspended for claiming London Mayor Sadiq Khan had ceded the streets of London to Islamist extremists has defected to Reform UK.

Lee Anderson, who was once dubbed “30p Lee” for claiming that it was possible for people in poverty to make a nutritious meal for 30p, has now been re-nicknamed “Three-Party Lee” in recognition of his political journey from being a Labour councillor to a Conservative MP and now to a Reform UK MP.

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Here’s Richard Tice, that company’s party’s leader, announcing that the Leeanderthal is his party’s first MP.

Anderson immediately took aim at Workers’ Party MP George Galloway:

But it seems that defecting to Reform UK has come with a startling loss of memory. Only two months ago, in January, Anderson said any MP changing their party should trigger a by-election, otherwise their legitimacy should be questioned.

The obvious question arises:

He’s definitely not having one:

In fact, a few people have referred to this – some of them in less diplomatic language than others:

He also said, around the same time, that “Reform is not the answer”, and that Tice’s party would open the door for Keir Starmer and Labour:

So, a double-hypocrite, then?

One has to question why Anderson decided to defect at all.

Did this play any part in it?

He certainly seemed very thin-skinned when at least one reporter challenged him on his decision, suggesting that it was all about his own self-aggrandisement:

And what of the Conservative Party? Danny Kruger appeared on the BBC’s Politics Live to say that Anderson’s defection is a wake-up call for the Tories, who need to examine their own policy platform and (apparently) be less harsh on Islamophobes in order to regain the enormous mandate they won in 2019:

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