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Lee Anderson has the backing of nearly all of Tory members, new polling suggests.

A survey by the Conservative Home web site discovered 64% mentioned the occasion was mistaken to droop the Ashfield MP in an Islamophobia row.

Some 31% of respondents within the ballot of 751 Tory members mentioned it was the suitable transfer, whereas 5% have been uncertain.

The former Tory deputy chairman misplaced the whip final weekend after refusing to apologise for claiming London Mayor Sadiq Khan was managed by Islamists.

Mr Anderson has since admitted the remarks which come after months of tensions over pro-Palestine protests have been “clumsy” however denied they have been racist.

“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.”