Lee Anderson – Labour MP Gloria de Piero’s office manager – who has today defected to the Tory party, was deselected as a Labour councillor in January by local Labour members for May’s local elections.
Mr Anderson was also suspended by the local Labour group last month for investigation over allegations that he had made racist comments on social media.
A statement by Ms de Piero said,
I thank Lee for all of the hard work he has done for the Labour Party.
If he has had a political change of heart and decided to leave the Labour Party and join the Conservatives, that’s a matter entirely for him.
This Conservative government has led to increased NHS waiting times, reductions in the number of police officers on our streets and school budgets under strain.
I believe only a Labour government will improve life for the residents of Ashfield.
She has not yet responded to the SKWAWKBOX’s question whether Mr Anderson will now be required to resign his position as her office manager.
Mr Anderson’s defection will strengthen the calls of the Labour left for local government candidates to be selected who reflect the politics of the membership – most of whom would rather lose an arm than join the Tories.
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