Sunak distances himself from top Tory’s death penalty views
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has distanced himself from the MP he appointed deputy Tory party chairman, after Lee Anderson backed the return of the death penalty.
The Prime Minister said “that’s not my view, that’s not the Government’s view” when questioned about reinstating capital punishment.
Mr Anderson, who was appointed by Mr Sunak on Tuesday, also clashed with a radio presenter in a combative interview.
Ashfield MP Mr Anderson was given the post of working as one of new chairman Greg Hands’s lieutenants in the run-up to the next election.
In an interview with The Spectator magazine conducted a few days before his appointment but published after he had been given the role, Mr Anderson said he would support the UK reintroducing the death penalty.
He said: “Nobody has ever committed a crime after being executed.
“You know that, don’t you? 100% success rate.”
He also suggested using Royal Navy frigates to return to France those arriving in small boats across the English Channel.
Migrants arriving unlawfully in Britain should be returned the “same day” to where they came from, he said.
“I’d put them on a Royal Navy frigate or whatever and sail it to Calais, have a stand-off. And they’d just stop coming.”
A former Labour councillor before joining the Tories, Mr Anderson has been no stranger to controversy since being elected to Westminster in 2019, having criticised food bank users and the England men’s football team for taking the knee in protest at racism.
In an interview on Thursday with BBC Radio Nottingham, Mr Anderson became defensive when challenged about being caught asking a friend to pose as an anti-Labour swing voter on the doorstep during the 2019 election campaign.
Mr Anderson refused to reply when asked if he was dishonest. Instead, he asked the reporter 10 times if she had ever lied.
When she said that she had, Mr Anderson said: “So you’re dishonest.”
He has been dubbed “30p Lee” for claiming that meals could be prepared for that sum and suggesting people using food banks could not budget.
Asked if he believes that some working people are having to use food banks, Mr Anderson replied: “No.”
“I will challenge you right now to find a firefighter or a nurse in Ashfield that’s using a food bank,” the MP from the so-called Red Wall seat said.
Mr Anderson also hit out at the press, saying: “They say I’m controversial but it’s the media that stokes controversy by picking up on these sorts of stories.”
He denied that he would be toning down his opinions as a result of his new position, but said many of his “debates will be behind closed doors” now.
“I don’t want to be seen as someone who’s causing problems all the time,” he told TalkTV.
“I believe in collective responsibility.”
An expert on the views of political party members pointed out that many Tories would agree with Mr Anderson’s views on the death penalty.
Majority of Conservatives
Professor Tim Bale from Queen Mary University of London said he was “almost certainly speaking for the majority of Conservatives”.
A survey of 1,191 members carried out as part of his work on party membership after the 2019 election found 53% agreed that “for some crimes, the death penalty is the most appropriate sentence”.
But Mr Sunak rejected Mr Anderson’s calls for the return of capital punishment.
“That’s not my view, that’s not the Government’s view,” the Prime Minister told reporters during a visit to Cornwall.
“But we are united in the Conservative Party in wanting to be absolutely relentless in bearing down on crime and making sure people are safe and feel safe.”
Mr Sunak added that the Government had “tightened up sentencing laws for the most violent criminals, they spend longer in prison”.
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But, crucially, he didn’t really distance himself from the disgusting things that scumbag said about migrants, refugees and asylum seekers…
“Nobody has ever committed a crime after being executed.” That just about defines the IQ of the audience he seeks to appeal to. An idiot to represent idiots. It’s enough to erode my faith in universal suffrage.
So Mr Sunak what first attracted you to Mr Anderson?
Was it love at first sight or did ‘Lee’ have to wine and dine you and shower you with his 5,733 majority…
Perhaps a friend had arranged a blind date and you had no idea what to expect…
Every step you take you look a little less than before, soon you will be completely empty as a person…
How anyone saw you as a suitable to be the steersman of 56 million souls is beyond all understanding…
This Little Emperor is having the time of his life, as every ATC cadet and ageing ex-cadet will know there is nothing quite like flying as a guest of the RAF…
But there are limits to self-awarded entitlement, we are not yet a military dictatorship Prime Minister…
It is not hard to imagine the likes of Raab, Braverman and Barclay in a darker shade of black…
One has to feel sorry for 30p Lee. Not only does he represent those scabs in the former Nottinghamshire minefield but he reckons he had a bad case of jet lag ….. going to Paris …. on a train!!!
I thought he must…
Extremist Lee Anderson embodies what it is to be human trash. He’s a class sellout and pure Tory scum. His cobsituents must be either stupid, educationally subnormal, or both.
I wonder how many Tories would be in favour of this for those who are Pro Welsh and Scottish freedom. I would argue Most of them!
We, Scots and Welsh have got to get out of this asylum, before it’s too late. How can we put up with this kind of inhumane thinking. On his level, No wrongly convicted person has come alive after the death penalty
“It’s not my view”, ” it’s not the view of the toraedh party” says Sunak, yet this disgusting creature Anderson is now the deputy chairman of the party where one of the roles is to gauge party support & coerce those who may raise dissenting argument against party policy back into line at constituency & parliamentary levels. If sunak is serious in his statements then somebody is way out of sync here. It once again calls into question sunaks ability to sign off the appointments of people who fit into his ” professional, integrity” speech on his first day. My… Read more »
Patel and Braverman’s dream is one step closer. There are 488 prisoners on death row in India so expect Sunak to be persuadable as the shadow of Modi looms over these islands. Mathew 7:16 “By their deeds you will know them”…
Lee Anderson’s promotion to Deputy Chair of the Tory Party may be a masterstroke by Sunak. Anderson has a decent following amongst the Sun-reading blue collar Tories, who will love this type of pronouncement. Expect to see a lot more of this, as Tory rhetoric, and their propaganda machine, shifts to the visceral right in the run up to the General Election.
Brexit via Sunak and his cruel little monster party has enabled the opportunity to realise the true potential of England to be the truly nasty little country it really is and always has been. The popularity of the Death Penalty has always polled above 50% of the population. The last poll in April 2021 saw 54% in favour
Where does the C of E stand on State Murder…Article 37 (of 39) states…
“The Laws of the Realm may punish Christian men with death for heinous and grievous offences”
Perhaps the Arch Oil Man could repeal this statement contained in Article 37 for starters…
Pope Francis said no to the death penalty in 2018 and as for the Church in Wales google is tight lipped on this matter…
Perhaps 30p Lee should offer to put himself forward to try it out as a ‘disincentive’ to crime by fellow Tory Party members. After all a large number of them now have a criminal record.
Not to mention those that have serious charges of genocide writ large in St Peter’s account book…
Every now again a couple of Tories blow through here like an ill wind…