‘Now we’ve got Theresa May it’s a different ball game altogether’: Blundering Tory MP Lee Anderson fails to remember Liz Truss is Prime Minister
- Blundering Tory MP Lee Anderson described Theresa May as PM in an interview
- The Ashfield MP vented at ‘gutter press’ at the Conservative Party Conference
- He insisted Truss’s speech would win over swing voters, despite misnaming her
- Anderson previously courted controversy by saying foodbank users can’t cook
Blundering Tory MP Lee Anderson failed to remember Liz Truss is Prime Minister while making a blistering attack against ‘gutter press’.
Anderson was at the Conservative Party conference today as the beleaguered PM made her keynote speech.
When asked whether Truss’s speech would win over swing voters, the MP for Ashfield said: ‘I would hope so, the Red Wall is the Red Wall for a reason, we had Brexit, we had Boris, we had Corbyn three years ago.
‘Now we’ve got Theresa May, it’s a different ball game altogether.’
When corrected by the interviewer, Anderson laughed ‘sorry’ and said it had been ‘an odd few days’ before adding: ‘The Red Wall is now the Blue Wall.’
Blundering Tory MP Lee Anderson failed to remember Liz Truss is Prime Minister while making a blistering attack against ‘gutter press’
Anderson also said: ‘Obviously you’ve got the gutter press lurking round every corner, trying to cause problems for the party. We’re not interested in what you’ve got to say.
‘I’m more interested in what the Prime Minister’s got to say, and what she had to say today was pretty good. She’s talking the same language as the Red Wall voters in places like Ashfield, she gets better and better every time we see her.’
Yesterday at the conference, Anderson said the economy would only face problems ‘when Wetherspoons is empty’.
Anderson, who earns £84,144 a year as an MP, previously hit headlines in May when he said food bank users didn’t know how to cook or budget during a speech in the House of Commons.
Addressing MPs on the Opposition benches, he urged them to ‘come to Ashfield and work with me for a day in my food bank and see the brilliant scheme we have got in place where when people come now for a food parcel, they have to register for a budgeting course and a cooking course’.
‘What we do in the food bank, we show them how to cook cheap and nutritious meals on a budget,’ he added.
‘We can make a meal for about 30 pence a day. And this is cooking from scratch.’
Anderson insisted Liz truss keynote speech at today’s Tory party conference would win over swing voters, despite misnaming her as Theresa May
When challenged by Labour MP Alex Cunningham, he went on: ‘I think you will see first hand that there’s not this massive use for food banks in this country.
‘But generation after generation who cannot cook properly, they can’t cook a meal from scratch. They cannot budget. The challenge is there.
‘Come, come. I’ll offer anybody.’
55-year-old Anderson previously served as office manager for former Ashfield Labour MP Gloria de Piero, before flip-flopping to the Tories and winning the seat himself in 2019 after his former boss stepped down.
He is a noted critic of football players taking the knee in support of Black Lives Matter, and vowed to boycott England’s 2020 Euro final in protest.
He claimed £219,703.44 in business costs from 2020 to 2021 — bringing his office, staffing, accommodation, travel and subsistence claims higher than the average £203,880 claimed by MPs.
His biggest cost was on staffing at £165,215.27, followed by £33,144.30 on office costs and £17,650.60 on accommodation. And he spent £67.57 on hospitality.