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Tories Suspend MP Accused Of Misusing Campaign Funds

Tories Suspend MP Accused Of Misusing Campaign Funds

The Conservatives have suspended an MP after he was accused of using campaign funds to pay “bad people”. According to The Times, Mark Menzies rang a 78-year-old party activist at 3.15am saying he had been locked up and demanding £5,000 “as a matter of life and death” to pay for his release. The sum eventually rose to £6,500 and was paid by the MP’s office manager from her personal bank account. She was reimbursed, the paper reported, from funds raised by Tory donors. The Fylde MP, who is one of Rishi Sunak’s trade envoys, is also accused of using £14,000 of campaign funds to pay for private medical expenses. Menzies has disputed the claims, but Tory Party bosses have launched an investigation into the allegations. A spokesperson for the chief whip, Simon Hart, said: “Following a call with the chief whip, Mark Menzies has agreed to relinquish the Conservative whip, pending the outcome of an investigation.” HuffPost UK has contacted Menzies, who was first elected as an MP in 2010, for comment. In a statement …

Man with ‘vendetta against Right’ blamed for Lee Anderson row | Politics | News

Man with ‘vendetta against Right’ blamed for Lee Anderson row | Politics | News

The inside story on the decision-making process to suspend Lee Anderson from the Conservative Party is becoming an increasingly complex one mired in claim and counterclaim which could yet still see moves to oust the Prime Minister. But at the heart of the anguish is one man, a close adviser to Rishi Sunak, who the Right of the party has believed for some months now has made it his mission to cleanse the party of them. Sunak’s Chief Whip Simon Hart is responsible for discipline, making sure MPs follow the party line and punishing those who get themselves into trouble. It is an essential role and one which requires someone who can navigate his or her way through the party’s different factions and be seen to act with fairness within the party. The problem is that an increasing number of Tory MPs, including very senior backbenchers and former ministers, believe that Hart is “not fit for purpose” in the role and needs to be sacked. The Lee Anderson debacle has in many ways confirmed their …

Lee Anderson Suspended By Tories After Refusing To Apologise For ‘Islamophobic’ Comments

Lee Anderson Suspended By Tories After Refusing To Apologise For ‘Islamophobic’ Comments

Lee Anderson has been suspended by the Tories after he refused to apologise for claiming Islamists have “got control of” Sadiq Khan. The party’s former deputy chairman was stripped of the Conservative whip following a furious political backlash to his comments. Appearing on GB News on Friday afternoon, Anderson said the London mayor, who is Muslim, had “given our capital city away to his mates”. Labour accused him of Islamophobia, while senior Tories also condemned the comments. Senior Conservative officials initially tried to defend Anderson, with a party source telling HuffPost UK he “was simply making the point that the mayor … has abjectly failed to get a grip on the appalling Islamist marches we have seen in London recently”. But this afternoon, a spokesperson for chief whip Simon Hart said: “Following his refusal to apologise for comments made yesterday, the chief whip has suspended the Conservative whip from Lee Anderson.” Responding to the news, Labour chair Anneliese Dodds said: “Lee Anderson’s comments were unambiguously Islamophobic, divisive and damaging. “It is right that he has …