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The Conservative Party’s newly appointed deputy chairman argued that he would support reinstating the death penalty because “no one has ever committed a crime after being executed”.
Asked if he supported reinstating the death penalty, Anderson said: audience Magazine “Yes. No one ever committed a crime after being executed. You know that, right? 100 percent success rate.”
The death penalty for murder was outlawed in 1969, and the UK remains a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which prohibits reinstatement of the death penalty.
Mr. Anderson argued that:
“Well, if they video it and put it on camera, they can prove it – like the Lee Rigby murderer.
“I mean, they should have gone the same week. I don’t want to pay these people.”
Anderson also claimed that the refugees would be “placed on a Royal Navy frigate or something, sailed to Calais and confronted.”
Critics argue that Ashfield’s appointment, who has an extensive record of divisive and inflammatory remarks, is a clear attempt to provoke controversy and anger the opposition.
Devoted to the so-called “culture wars”, he single-handedly initiated a boycott of England football teams in 2021 against kneeling in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
He was also branded a “playground bully” after giving a jibe to transgender labor activist Eddie Izzard last October, claiming: I put him in the bathroom. Izzard uses her/she/her pronouns.
That same month, Anderson said most food banks are unnecessary and run by “good people to make you feel good” because meals can be cooked from scratch “for about 30p a day”. Earned the nickname “30p Lee” from the allegations of
Anderson had been attacking the government for days before taking office, leaking a WhatsApp message from a “common sense group” of Tories, complaining: Play the same song, ignoring the obvious. “
A Tory MP said his appointment was “opposition to the right” by the prime minister, but several of his party colleagues defended the appointment.
Asked on Wednesday whether Mr Anderson was a divisive figure, new Conservative Party chairman Greg Hands said: “I think Mr Lee is a great asset to the Conservative Party.
“We have a great team at our conservative headquarters. A really great team of staff dedicated to making sure Rishi Sunak wins next year’s general election.”
On Tuesday, Anderson told GB News: I said ‘why?’ but basically it was ‘we like what you say.
He claimed that the appointment “has worked out very well with the membership”, adding: Not really interested… Labor will hate this appointment, they will hate it vehemently. That’s fair enough, go ahead.