Lee Anderson Accused of Using Staff as ‘Political Football’ During Food Bank

Lee Anderson MP and his tweet

Lee Anderson MP and his tweet

Lee Anderson MP and his tweet

Tory MP Lee Anderson was accused of using a staff member as “political football” after tweeting about his finances.

The Ashfield MP shared a photo of a woman named Katy in his office to draw attention to the use of food banks in the UK.

He wrote: “Katy works for me. Single and earning less than 30,000, rents a room in central London for £775, has student debt, saves £120 a month for work, goes on foreign holidays and does not need to use a food bank. Katy expresses what I mean really well.

The comment drew fierce criticism from other lawmakers, including Lib Dem Jamie Stone: “I have never and will never use my staff as a political soccer ball.

“This is seriously bad taste and a lousy way of admitting to your staff that you haven’t paid enough.”

Other social media users tore up the Tory MP, amongst them saying, “He doesn’t express what he means very well because he’s single and has no children and therefore can rent a room instead of a family property, possibly sharing the electric bills.” with housemates and doesn’t have to feed and clothe a family or pay for childcare.”

Another simply said: “Katy should probably be paid more.”

Anderson has previously criticized people who earned more than £30,000 using food banks during the cost of living crisis.

It also sparked backlash when he once said that people use food banks because they “can’t cook from scratch” and “can’t budget”.

Anderson is a former coal miner who was a Labor councilor in Ashfield before defecting to the Conservative Party in 2018 and continues to serve as a Tory councilor in Mansfield.

He was named backbencher of the year in a poll by influential political website Conservative Home.

The website described him as having “blind views” on Brexit, travelers and poverty.

Despite his comments on budgeting, it was revealed earlier this year that Anderson was charging £15,823.44 more in business spending than the average MP.

According to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Body, Anderson has claimed £219,703.44 for running costs from 2020 to 2021. [IPSA].

This compares with the average £203,880 requested by MPs for office, staff, accommodation, travel and subsistence.

Anderson later said the high operating costs he claimed last year were “to pay my staff salary.”

He told TalkTV: “This is to pay my staff salary. If I didn’t pay any wages to my staff, they would be using a food bank.”

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