Carol Vorderman mocks Lee Anderson as '30p Lee' after he was suspended for ... trends now

Carol Vorderman mocks Lee Anderson as '30p Lee' after he was suspended for ... trends now
Carol Vorderman mocks Lee Anderson as '30p Lee' after he was suspended for ... trends now

Carol Vorderman mocks Lee Anderson as '30p Lee' after he was suspended for ... trends now

Carol Vorderman has taken potshots at Lee Anderson on social media after the former deputy Tory chairman was suspended from the party for refusing to apologise over 'Islamophobic comments' he made about Sadiq Khan.

The former Countdown and BBC radio presenter hit out at Anderson as '30p Lee' - named after his controversial comments suggesting people in poverty should be able to make meals costing that much - on X, formerly Twitter, on Saturday.

Anderson was put on notice after he claimed the Mayor of London, a practicing Muslim, was controlled by 'Islamists' and had 'given our capital city away to his mates' in an interview on GB News - and refused to withdraw the comments.

Vorderman, who made the jump to LBC after quitting her BBC show so she could continue sharing anti-Tory tweets, suggested online that Anderson could defect to Reform UK - something he claims to have been offered in the past by its chairman.

She wrote: 'Lee Anderson #30pLee suspended from @Conservatives party. From Deputy Chairman To Suspended...To Reform Party by Sunday evening???'

Carol Vorderman - who quit the BBC so she could continue making negative comments about the Conservative party online - has hit out at Lee Anderson after his suspension

Carol Vorderman - who quit the BBC so she could continue making negative comments about the Conservative party online - has hit out at Lee Anderson after his suspension

Anderson was suspended from the Conservatives on Saturday after reportedly refusing to apologise for comments in which he claimed Sadiq Khan was controlled by 'Islamists'

Anderson was suspended from the Conservatives on Saturday after reportedly refusing to apologise for comments in which he claimed Sadiq Khan was controlled by 'Islamists'

Vorderman and others, including one-time Labour runner Paul Waugh, have speculated that Anderson could defect to Reform UK

Vorderman and others, including one-time Labour runner Paul Waugh, have speculated that Anderson could defect to Reform UK

Sadiq Khan said the comments were 'Islamophobic, anti-Muslim and racist' - and came after independent reports suggested Muslim hate crime had tripled in recent months

Sadiq Khan said the comments were 'Islamophobic, anti-Muslim and racist' - and came after independent reports suggested Muslim hate crime had tripled in recent months

Reform UK leader Richard Tice (pictured during the party's spring conference today) said he was not interested in 'pathetic Tory squabbling' when asked about Anderson's future

Reform UK leader Richard Tice (pictured during the party's spring conference today) said he was not interested in 'pathetic Tory squabbling' when asked about Anderson's future

Former Labour councillor Mr Anderson said in the televised interview: 'I don't actually believe that these Islamists have got control of our country, but what I do believe is they've got control of Khan and they've got control of London and they've got control of Starmer as well.

'Again, this stems with Khan, he's actually given our capital city away to his mates.

'Beware, because if you let Labour in through the back door, expect more of this and expect our cities to be taken over by these lunatics.'

A spokesperson for Tory chief whip Simon Hart said on Saturday the decision had been made to suspend Mr Anderson, a former Labour councillor before he defected and won the red wall seat of Ashfield in 2019, for his 'refusal to apologise'.

His suspension has prompted speculation that Mr Anderson may finally defect to Richard Tice's Reform UK, formerly the Brexit Party - whom he claims has sought to recruit him in the past.

Nigel Farage, who stepped down as Reform leader in 2021, told the Express today that Anderson should make the leap to the party, which made gains against the Tories in a series of recent by-elections, alarming Tory chiefs.

Mr Farage said: 'Lee Anderson should join Reform UK.' 

Paul Waugh, a former political journalist who vied for Labour selection in the Rochdale by-election, tweeted: 'Lee Anderson is not the kind of guy to ever apologise. Now he is suspended, bets on him defecting to Reform?'

Mr Anderson left Labour after Jeremy Corbyn became leader, and was once secretly recorded boasting to MPs he had been 'offered a lot of money' to defect to Reform. The amount is reported to have been £86,000 each year over five years.

Mr Tice has previously denied that his party made any offers to Mr Anderson, accusing him of making up the claim to 'negotiate himself the deputy chairmanship of the Tory party' in remarks reported by The Times.

And he gave away nothing about Mr Anderson's potential future in his party during an interview with GB News on Saturday during Reform's spring conference. 

He said: 'I don't know what's going on in the Tory party and frankly I don't care. They're toxic, they're infighting, who knows what they stand for. I'm not interested in pathetic Tory squabbling.'

He later the PA news agency: 'I haven't been in touch with Lee, he hasn't been in touch with me.'

Labour MP Dawn Butler, who led a cohort of MPs calling for Mr Anderson to lose the Tory whip, said: 'Anderson refusing to apologise shows he believes every word of his hateful comments. Islamophobia has no place in our politics.'

Anderson's remarks did him no favours among other Tories prior to his suspension - with Sajid Javid branding them 'ridiculous'.

City Hall Tories leader Neil Garratt dismissing them out of hand, writing on X: 'Islamists have not taken control of Sadiq Khan, and they are not running London.'

Tobias Ellwood, Conservative MP, told BBC Radio 4's PM programme on Saturday evening he was 'disgusted' by Mr Anderson's remarks.

He added: 'I think some

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