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Tory chair ’30p Anderson’ sued for defamation by food bank manager

Michael Hollis ‘outraged’ at Tory MP’s claim that ‘brown envelopes of cash’ changed hands

Tory party chair ’30p’ Lee Anderson is being sued by Michael Hollis, after Anderson posted a claim on Facebook that Hollis – who runs a local food bank charity – had exchanged ‘brown envelopes of cash’ in relation to a planning application Hollis had made.

Describing their client as ‘outraged’ by the defamation, Hollis’s lawyers said:

On 1 February 2023, Mr Anderson made defamatory allegations of bribery against a local man, Michael Hollis, who runs a food bank charity. Mr Anderson claimed in a Facebook post published to his 35,000 followers that money had changed hands in brown envelopes in relation to a planning application made by Mr Hollis. Mr Hollis is outraged by this allegation and, after Mr Anderson refused to remove his post, has taken the first steps towards a libel claim against him.

Lee Anderson is a former Labour party staffer to a right-wing Labour MP, who then joined the Tories and became a Tory MP, then created more outrage recently by posting details about his supposedly poor, privately-educated staff member managed fine and therefore, presumably, others should manage fine too. Despite this inane and offensive nonsense, Tory PM Rishi Sunak made Anderson Conservative party chair when he sacked Nadhim Zahawi for dishonesty about his fine from HMRC for unpaid taxes.

He also voted against a plan to feed the UK’s poorest children during the worst of the pandemic.

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