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Lee Anderson has slammed Rishi Sunak over a Rwanda plan “smokescreen” in a blistering eight-word assertion selling Reform UK.

The Tory chairman turned sole Reform MP has criticised his former celebration for the coverage to which he had as soon as provided his full help.

Posting on social media website X, he advised the plan is “staggering” by Parliament, with the invoice having re-entered the House of Commons this week.

The House of Lords despatched the Safety of Rwanda Bill again to the decrease home with a collection of advised amendments as MPs returned from Easter recess this week, with Conservatives trying to get better from a slew of defeats.

In a put up on X, previously Twitter, Mr Anderson advised the invoice was “just a smokescreen” distracting folks from authorized immigration. In his brief assertion selling a Reform UK video, he stated: “Stop the boats. Only @reformparty_UK have a plan.”

Mr Anderson advised the Rwanda invoice was getting used to disguise the hundreds of thousands of people that acquired visas to the UK in 2023.

The MP stated in a video posted to his account: “So the Rwanda plan is staggering through Parliament once again this week.

“But actually, it is only a smokescreen. A smokescreen for the 1.2 million individuals who have been granted visas to this nation final 12 months.

“You’re being gaslighted. Reform is the only party that’s serious about immigration.”

He adopted up the video with an eight-word put up through which he touted his new celebration’s credentials.

He wrote: “Stop the boats. Only @reformparty_uk have a plan.” Reform UK has advised it’s the solely celebration that might “freeze non-essential immigration”.

According to the Office For National Statistics (ONS), the Government didn’t grant 1.2 million visas in 2023, with the quantity being, in actuality, a lot larger.

Long-term complete immigration to the UK reached 1.2 million in 2023, and Government statistics launched on February 29 this 12 months disclosed that 3.40 million visas have been granted that 12 months.

The overwhelming majority have been customer visas, with 1,957,000 granted by officers, and the rest have been break up throughout 616,000 work visas, 606,000 examine visas, 102,000 folks coming to the UK through secure and authorized routes, and 81,000 to stick with household.

Mr Anderson’s put up was met with divided response, with some customers saying Reform had “got my vote” and others calling for the celebration to go even additional by slicing different migrant companies.

But some commenters have been lower than impressed and criticised the MP for flip-flopping on the Rwanda coverage he defended whereas a Tory member.

One wrote: “As a Conservative, backs Rwanda. As a Reform member, claims Rwanda is a smokescreen designed to gaslight. You’re an absolute joke.”