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Lee Anderson tells the Express ‘I’m not a racist’ in an unique interview (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

Lee Anderson declared “I’m no racist” and stated his controversial feedback symbolize the views of 1000’s of Tory voters.

The former deputy chairman additionally revealed he’s dedicated to the occasion, and would fortunately sit down with Rishi Sunak to debate the matter.

But Mr Anderson informed the Express he won’t apologise as he has been inundated with supportive emails.

Writing for our paper, the now unbiased MP, stated: “The simple fact is I am not a racist but in this day and age the opposition are very quick to use the race card for political advantage and unfortunately some of my colleagues also fell into the race trap.

“As I have said on numerous occasions over the past week, 99.9 percent of our Muslim friends in the UK are decent, hardworking and law-abiding people who just want to get on with their lives.”

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Lee has been inundated with support from voters across the UK – and particularly the Red Wall (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

Mr Anderson added: “The point I was trying to make last week was that the Mayor of London has lost control of our capital city as the extremists who hide under the Islam banner take over our streets in their attempt to change the course of our democracy.”

Mr Anderson had the whip withdrawn at the weekend after he refused to apologise for claiming “Islamists” had “got control” of London mayor Sadiq Khan.

He was accused of Islamophobia and attacked by Mr Khan, Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer and a few of his personal colleagues.

Mr Khan claimed Mr Anderson’s feedback have been “unambiguously ignorant, prejudiced and racist”.

The MP later conceded his language had been “clumsy” however refused to apologise and accused Mr Khan of resorting to “playing the race card”.

Since then he has been inundated with support from across the country – even receiving a standing ovation in his local pub.

At his London office yesterday afternoon, an impassioned Mr Anderson said: “The party has done a lot for me. It rescued me when I was politically homeless.

“Of course I want to be back in the party but I stand by the things I said last week and I won’t apologise.”

Mr Anderson said he “in fact” would sit down with the Prime Minister to debate the row and would meet members of the Muslim neighborhood.

“I would sit down with anybody,” he stated.

After months of tensions over the policing of pro-Palestian protests in London, feelings boiled over in parliament final week when Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle bent the principles over a vote on Gaza.

He later claimed the choice was motivated by fears for the protection of MPs after considerations have been raised in regards to the impression the outcomes of the vote might have.

Protests have been held round Westminster and anti-Semitic chant “from the river to the sea”, broadly seen as a requirement for Israel to be worn out, was projected onto the Elizabeth Tower whereas police stood by.

“I think we are out of touch. I have always said it. We are out of touch with the people of this country.

“When I went home last week I went to my local pub and walked in and people stood up and clapped me. We are supposed to be here to represent people.”

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Lee Anderson tells the Express he wants to return to the Tories but will not apologise (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

Writing in the Express, Mr Anderson warned giving in to the “baying mob” solely encourages extremism.

He stated: “Sadly, Sadiq Khan has resorted to playing the race card and accused me of stoking up division yet sits idly by and has not yet condemned the shocking scenes we witnessed last week on Parliament Square.”

Mr Anderson, who represents Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, stated he has had a number of assist domestically and nationally, with greater than 2,500 emails from across the nation backing him, the very best quantity on any single matter, whereas solely round ten have written in to criticise him.

He stated: “There’s a Westminster bubble. We get engulfed in this nonsense that we think we are all right and we are not. The people out in the country are right, not us.

“I think we are out of touch. I have always said it. We are out of touch with the people of this country. When I went home last week I went to my local pub and walked in and people stood up and clapped me.

“We are supposed to be here to represent people. That’s difficult because you can’t represent everybody the same because people have different opinions and political beliefs etc.

“But you have got to be able to read the room in your own constituency. And I think I am reading the room in Ashfield anyway.

“And the amount of emails I’ve had from around the country I think I am reading the room in the country as well.”

As one of the crucial excessive profile members of the Conservative occasion, the MP has spent the final yr talking at native constituency associations, clocking up greater than 80 occasions.

His calendar is full till Christmas however there’s now a query mark over whether or not the engagements will now go forward.

Two booked in for this week have been placed on maintain.

Although he stays a member of the occasion and will nonetheless attend, as an unbiased, he stated he didn’t need to “embarrass” the Conservatives.

He added: “I’ve got a lot of support from the membership, my inbox tells me that.

“When the members ask their MP or local association to ask Lee Anderson to come, that’s quite an honour for me, so that’s why I go.”

Home Secretary James Cleverly known as for Mr Anderson to apologise.

He stated: “The Prime Minister has made the position of the party clear, he has asked Lee to apologise, Lee didn’t apologise which is why the party whip has been withdrawn.

“I think Lee should apologise, what he said wasn’t accurate, it wasn’t fair, but the Chief Whip and the Prime Minister have made the party position absolutely clear on this.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1871478/Lee-Anderson-Islamophobia-row-suspension-interview