New ‘Red Wall’ MP who helped Tories win the North facing FIVE disciplinary charges over misconduct allegations
- Lee Anderson could be stripped of the whip by party bosses after two months
- He posted a Facebook post where he referred to a woman’s breasts as ‘knockers’
- He also took part in an ‘antisemitic’ internet discussion about George Soros
One of the new breed of Tory MPs who smashed through Labour’s ‘Red Wall’ at the Election faces an extraordinary probe over five separate misconduct allegations.
Lee Anderson could be stripped of the whip by party bosses just two months after he entered the Commons for the first time.
A confidential dossier held at Tory HQ, and seen by The Mail on Sunday, lists the charge sheet against Mr Anderson as:
A confidential dossier held at Tory HQ, and seen by The Mail on Sunday, lists the charge sheet against Mr Anderson, pictured with the PM, as a string of five offences
Lee Anderson could be stripped of the whip by party bosses just two months after he entered the Commons for the first time. This is a picture of his vile Facebook post
He claims his £250-a-day chauffeur-driven car is to take him to far-flung parts of Britain – but last week Sir Mark Sedwill used it for a mile-long trip to an exclusive club.
Sir Mark Sedwill, arriving at the Cabinet Office in October last year
Just days after The Mail on Sunday exposed the Cabinet Secretary’s £175,000 expenses bill, including his taxpayer-funded limo, he was spotted using it after a lunchtime meeting at the Garrick Club.
The all-male, members-only institution is just a brisk 12-minute walk from Sir Mark’s desk at 10 Downing Street, but instead a blacked-out Government Car Service Ford was used to whisk him back to work on Wednesday.
When The Mail on Sunday confronted the Cabinet Office last week about Britain’s most senior civil servant’s unusually large expenses bill, on top of his £205,000 salary, officials said Sir Mark’s use of the limo helped him to meet his teams around the country.
His chauffeur is from the ministerial fleet and cost the public purse £22,000 every 90 days last year.
Sir Mark’s defenders say the reason behind the large bill is because he is ‘very active in getting out of Whitehall’.
However, an eyewitness said of last week’s trip: ‘I did a double take as I saw him confidently stride out of the Garrick and straight into his waiting car.’
The source added: ‘He didn’t look like he had a care in the world. It was a sunny day, so he probably could have walked.’
As one of the oldest gentlemen’s clubs in the world, the Garrick is loved by actors, lawyers and men of letters. It is also popular with top mandarins.
The length of the complaints list against Mr Anderson, who defected from Labour to the Tories in 2018, is adding to party bosses’ concern at the calibre of some of its 100-plus new MPs.
Mr Anderson’s victory in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was just one of the Tory gains in Labour’s heartland that handed Boris Johnson his 80-strong majority.
But during the campaign, Mr Anderson was already running into trouble over several reported incidents, now collated into the confidential disciplinary dossier.
That document stresses that no formal allegations have yet been made but asks for Mr Anderson’s comments on the allegations, which include a Facebook post from July 2018.
It showed a photograph of him looking at the chest of a local resident wearing a vest top with the caption: ‘Out with some great knockers tonight in Skegby.’
The Tory dossier states: ‘It is obvious from this double entendre that you are referring to the breasts of the woman in the photograph.’
The report also asks the MP to comment on reports that he faked with a friend a canvassing encounter filmed by Channel 4. It summarises the claim as: ‘You visited that friend’s home with a Channel 4 journalist… with the intention of appearing to show how you were able to persuade that person to vote Conservative when in fact he was always going to do so.
The whole thing was a sham, intended by you and your friend to deceive both the journalist and the voting public.’
Mr Anderson is further challenged over his suggested punishment for anti-social tenants. The dossier notes sternly that it amounts to ‘degrading’ hard labour.
And he is accused of being a member of Facebook group ‘Ashfield Back Boris’ which, says the dossier, ‘is alleged to promote antisemitic conspiracy theories’.
Mr Anderson was unavailable for comment but a friend said: ‘Allegations that Lee took part in an anti-semitic Facebook thread about Soros or said woman can’t be councillors is rubbish.
All the other stuff has been in the public domain and dealt with, and is now being dragged up as dirty tricks.’
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