Would-be Tory MP says nuisance council tenants should live in TENTS
20th November 2019
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‘Pick potatoes, cold shower, lights out’: Tory election candidate sparks fury for saying nuisance council house tenants should be forced to live in TENTS and pick vegetables as punishment

  • Lee Anderson, the candidate for Ashfield, unveiled his radical solution in a video
  • The would-be MP said disruptive tenants should be booted out of their homes  
  • The remarks have been rounded upon by opposition parties slammed the Tory

A Conservative general election candidate has sparked fury for saying ‘nuisance’ council house tenants should be forced to live in tents and be punished by picking potatoes from the crack of dawn. 

Lee Anderson, who is standing for the uber-marginal seat of Ashfield, unveiled his drastic solution to rid the Carsic estate of nightmare occupants who are ‘making people’s lives a complete misery’. 

The would-be MP said disruptive tenants should be booted out of their homes and instead pitch up in fields, where they would be ordered to rummage in the ground for vegetables as part of a gruelling daily regime. 

Laying out his radical plan in a Facebook campaign video, he said: ‘I stood on this spot a few months ago banging on about nuisance tenants throughout this lovely estate and the fact they were making people’s lives a complete misery.

Weekly Rant – Worth A Share I have been banging on for years at ADC to stop housing nuisance tenants. I have returned to Carsic today. I think I have a solution that will. 1. Reduce anti social behaviour. 2. Free up much needed housing for decent people. 3. Solve the labour shortage on our farms. What do you think?

Lee Anderson, who has been campaigning in his Ashfield constituency with Boris Johnson, has sparked fury for saying ‘nuisance’ council house tenants should be forced to live in tents and be punished by picking potatoes from the crack of dawn

‘People say, “they have got to live somewhere”. That’s right, so my plan would be – and again, this is just my own personal opinion – that these people, who have to live somewhere, let’s have them in a tent, in the middle of a field.

‘Six o’clock every morning, let’s have them up. Let’s have them in the field, picking potatoes or any other seasonal vegetables, back in the tent, cold shower, lights out, six o’clock, same again the next day. That would be my solution.’

The remarks have been rounded upon by opposition parties who have slammed Mr Anderson. 

Ian Lavery, the Labour Party chairman, shared the video and told the Tory candidate he should ‘hang (his) head in shame’.

Liberal Democrat candidate Layla Moran accused Mr Anderson of a ‘lack of empathy’ for constituents he hoped to represent.

She said: ‘As a Conservative parliamentary candidate in a marginal seat, Anderson should not be stoking and entrenching division, or targeting vulnerable people.


The would-be MP said disruptive tenants should be booted out of their homes and instead pitch up in fields, where they would be ordered to rummage in the ground for vegetables as part of a gruelling daily regime

Lee Anderson with Brandon Lewis (left) and Mark Spencer (right) The former Labour councillor quit Jeremy Corbyn’s party to join the Conservatives is now a Tory candidate

‘Unfortunately, this sort of comment is all too common from Conservative Party candidates, who are out of touch with the constituencies and the people they are attempting to represent.’  

Mr Anderson has been campaigning in the constituency with Boris Johnson, who is looking to pluck the Nottinghamshire seat from Jeremy Corbyn on December 12. 

Labour’s Gloria de Piero is defending the 441-vote majority she snuck in with in 2017. 

Mr Anderson was until recently a Labour councillor, before switching sides to join the Tories.

He claims he used to work for Ms de Piero, who he is now looking to unseat.  

The former miner predicted that Labour was ‘in for a major ‘coalfield kicking’ next month’ and accused the party of moving away from its traditional supporters under Mr Corbyn’s leadership. 

The marginal seat is high on the list of seats Labour leave seats being eyed up by the Tories.

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