Ben Bradley has cause for cheer as two Tory councillors switch sides
The Mansfield MP said the the councillors were 'sick of the hard-left Momentum takeover of Labour'.
Ben Bradley has had an inauspicious start to life as a one of the Conservative party’s many new vice chairs.
The MP for Mansfield was condemned earlier this year after comments he made in a 2012 blogpost emerged in which he suggested unemployed men should have vasectomies. Then it emerged that Bradley had also said he wanted police to use water canon to play "splat the chav" during the London riots.
And then he then he was forced to delete a tweet alleging that Jeremy Corbyn was in cahoots with communist spies.
But now Bradley finally has something to smile about with the shock news that two Labour councillors in his neck of the woods, Lee Anderson and Chris Baron, have defected to the Tories as Momentum steps up its campaigning in Ashfield.
“I’m so glad they’ve chosen to carry on and to join us in the Conservative Party, because they could so easily have let the hard-left in the Labour Party force them out altogether,” Bradley told his local paper.
“They're sick of the hard-left Momentum takeover of Labour, and say Corbyn doesn't speak to their values,” he added on Twitter.
Explaining their moves, the councillors both backed up this interpretation with Anderson - aka Labour MP Gloria de Piero's office manager - insisting: "The Labour party is no longer the party I joined. Both locally and nationally, it has been taken over by the hard-left who are more interested in fighting internal ideological battles than standing up for the priorities of working men and women.”
Curiously, Anderson failed to mention that he was recently suspended by the ruling Labour group on Ashfield District Council pending an investigation.