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Red Wall Tories rallied round Lee Anderson on Monday evening to demand he be allowed again into the get together after he was booted out in an Islamophobia row.

Party whips had been “besieged” with assist for the previous Conservative deputy chairman from pissed off MPs.

Mr Anderson admitted his language had been “clumsy” however refused to apologise for elevating a problem he believes in.

Conservative MPs consider Mr Anderson have to be again within the get together earlier than a normal election known as as he’s extremely fashionable with voters who backed the get together for the primary time in 2019.

Red wall Tory Lia Nici stated: “Lee should absolutely get the Conservative whip back.”

Conservative Marco Longhi stated “of course” Mr Anderson must be given the whip again.

He added: “Lee was expressing a frustration at how the policing of protests, and even the dearth of it, is being dealt with.

“We see Starmer and the Speaker utilizing these very arguments round intimidation and concern to swimsuit their agenda and affect democratic choices and break conventions. Sadiq Khan is just not an Islamist however he’s accountable for policing in London final time I checked.

Tory MP Jonathan Gullis stated: “I hope that we will see him return to that party sooner rather than later but of course, he has to, I think, make that apology to Mayor Khan.

“I think the point he was making was about Islamist extremism, which sadly does prevail in our community.”

Mr Anderson previously revealed he has been approached by Reform to join the party.

Speculation grew that he will now defect to become its first MP.

But Reform insiders suggested that most of the senior figures in the party are against him joining up over fears he would become the face of the group.

A source said: “He hasn’t been in touch with us and we have not been in touch with him.”

Reform UK leader Richard Tice said: “Lee Anderson may have been clumsy in his precise choice of words, but his sentiments are supported by millions of British citizens, including myself.

“I do not and will not give a running commentary on any discussions I have with any MPs, but those MPs have my number.”

Mr Anderson had the whip withdrawn at the weekend after he refused to apologise for claiming “Islamists” had “got control” of London mayor Sadiq Khan.

In a statement yesterday (MON), he doubled down with a fresh attack on how Mr Khan is running the capital.

He said: “Politics is divisive and I am just incredibly frustrated about the abject failures of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

“My words may have been clumsy but my words were borne out of sheer frustration at what is happening to our beautiful capital city.”

“Hundreds of people had been arrested for racist abuse on these marches and we barely hear a peep from the mayor.

“If these marches were about something less fashionable, Sadiq Khan would have been the first to call for them to be cancelled. It’s double standards for political benefit.”

Tory insiders said the whip’s office was “besieged” by unhappy MPs – a claim denied by allies of Chief Whip Simon Hart.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he did not believe Mr Anderson was racist but the whip was withdrawn because his “choice of words wasn’t acceptable, it was wrong”.

He refused to describe the MP’s comments as Islamophobic, saying only they were “ill-judged”.

Mr Sunak added: “It’s important that everybody, but particularly elected politicians, are careful with their words and do not inflame tensions.”

But the PM agreed people are “frustrated” about seeing the democratic process threatened after pro-Palestine protests that have included targeting MPs at their homes and offices.

He added: “We have a proud tradition in our country of debating ideas and disagreeing, but we do that peacefully and respectfully. We don’t aggressively intimidate people, we don’t disrupt their private events, we don’t go and surround MP’s homes, and we don’t threaten what’s going on in parliament to the extent that processes there have to be changed. None of that is right, none of that is British and I think everyone will feel, as I do, incredibly frustrated when they see those things happening.”

The row inflamed divisions across the Tory party, with public splits over how to deal with community tensions.

Conservative MP Paul Scully called for a sensible use of language “so we have a constructive adult debate”.

He stated components of Tower Hamlets in London and Birmingham, Sparkhill “are no-go areas” primarily due to folks “using, abusing in many ways, their religion because it is not the doctrine of Islam, to espouse what some of these people are saying”.

“That, I feel, is the priority that must be addressed,” he added.

But Tory West Midlands mayor Andy Street stated: “The idea that Birmingham has a ‘no-go’ zone is news to me, and I suspect the good people of Sparkhill.

“It really is time for those in Westminster to stop the nonsense slurs and experience the real world.”

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer Mr Anderson’s feedback had been “straightforward” Islamophobia and the Prime Minister “should call it out for what it is”.

“The reason he won’t is because he is so weak,” he added.

Mr Khan stated the Prime Minister’s refusal to name Mr Anderson’s remarks Islamophobic “speaks volumes”.

The Labour Mayor wrote within the Evening Standard: “It shouldn’t be hard to call out comments that are so unambiguously ignorant, prejudiced and racist. Yet those at the top of the Conservative Government are stubbornly refusing to do so.

“It’s a tacit endorsement of anti-Muslim hatred and can only lead to the conclusion that anti-Muslim bigotry and racism are not taken seriously.”