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Lee Anderson hit again at Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth in a row over his attendance at a Tory fundraiser.

The Ashfield MP, who misplaced the Conservative whip in an Islamophobia row, joined former prime minister Liz Truss and fellow Red Wall MP Brendan Clarke-Smith on the dinner in Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, on Friday.

Mr Ashworth, Labour’s shadow paymaster common, fumed that his look on the occasion was “staggering”.

Responding on X, Mr Anderson mentioned at the moment: “Let’s be clear… No one tells me where I can go on a Friday night for a drink with friends John. This is a free country and I will go where I am welcome.

“The solely factor that’s staggering is how you retain being re-elected. Come and stand towards me in Ashfield. Let’s see who is true.”

Mr Ashford said: “It’s staggering how Rishi Sunak permits each Lee Anderson together with his abhorrent Islamophobia and Liz Truss to so blatantly thwart his authority and expose his weak management.”

Mr Anderson, the best-known MP in the so-called northern Red Wall, was stripped of the Tory whip last weekend after refusing to apologise for claiming Islamists had “obtained management” of London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the outspoken MP’s comments were “unsuitable”.