Tory candidate: Send 'nuisance' council tenants to labour camps

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Conservative Party candidate has been criticised for “beyond the pale” remarks in which he suggested sending "nuisance" council house tenants to manual labour camps.

Lee Anderson, who is standing for election in Ashfield, made the comments in a “weekly rant” video posted to Facebook over the weekend.

The candidate said he had been trying to get “nuisance tenants” who made people’s lives a "misery” evicted from a housing estate in Carsic, before saying that in his “personal opinion” the solution should be to “have them in a tent in the middle of a field.”

He continued: “Six o’clock every morning let’s have them up, let’s have them in the fields picking potatoes or any current seasonal vegetable, back in the tent, cold shower, lights out, six o’clock, it’s the same the next day.”

Mr Anderson claimed his plan would “reduce anti-social behaviour, free up much needed housing for decent people and solve the labour shortage on our farms.”

However, members of East Midlands Labour, who shared the video on their Twitter page, condemned the comments.

A spokeswoman said the suggestion of “forced labour camps is beyond the pale, and shows the nasty party rearing its head once again.”

She told talkRADIO: “What our communities need is properly funded police and councils who can enforce ASBOs. The Tories have cut both, taken police off our streets and let our communities down.”

talkRADIO approached Mr Anderson and the Conservative Party for comment, but received no response.

Mr Anderson is standing for parliamentary election in Ashfield alongside Jason Zadrozny (Ashfield Independents), Rosemary Cerridwen Gray Woods (Green Party), Natalie Fleet (Labour), Rebecca Wain (Liberal Democrats) and Martin Daubney (Brexit Party).

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