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Andrew Neil has warned of a “dangerous vacuum” creating in UK politics.

The veteran broadcaster mentioned the UK is in a “morass” and “desperate for strong leadership and guidance”.

He mentioned the general public has “lost faith” in establishments just like the police, whereas there’s “despair” at Westminster over its priorities such because the “obsession” with Lee Anderson who’s on the centre of an Islamophobia row.

But Mr Neil mentioned Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer are “incapable of speaking up for the moderate majority”.

In a publish on social media platform X, Mr Neil mentioned: “The UK is drifting, unhappy, losing faith in previously respected institutions (like the police), buffeted by extremists (often allowed to run amok), dismayed by decline, angry at the inability of the political class to do anything about it, despairing that the Westminster politico/media bubble pursues an agenda, issues and priorities (look at the obsession with Lee Anderson) which are not most people’s — and had enough of being lectured to by a disconnected, de haut en bas chattering class.

“Yet we now have a Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition incapable of talking up for the average majority, who nonetheless have satisfaction of their nation and are determined for sturdy management and steerage by the present morass — plus some hope/signal issues will get higher — all throughout the bounds of conventional British tolerance and honest play. This vacuum is harmful.”

Mr Neil’s intervention comes as a row is raging over Mr Anderson following comments made about Sadiq Khan.

The Ashfield MP lost the Tory whip after refusing to apologise over claims “Islamists” and “bought management” of the Mayor of London.

Senior Conservatives are coming under mounting pressure to brand his remarks “Islamophobic”.

The Prime Minister has condemned Mr Anderson’s comments but would not go as far as to use the term.

Sir Keir said the Tory leader “lacks the spine to name this out for what it’s”.

Mr Anderson admitted his language may have been “clumsy” but insisted Mr Khan is “undoubtedly not answerable for the streets of London” amid pro-Palestine protests.

He vowed that he will not apologise to the London Mayor “whereas I’ve bought breath in my physique”.