Nottingham Post

Anderson wife in Reform pic row ‘a storm in a teacup’


THE suspension of Lee Anderson’s wife from the Conservati­ve Party after she was pictured during a Reform UK campaign event has been dismissed as “a storm in a teacup” by a local party leader.

Councillor Sinead Anderson, who sits on Nottingham­shire County Council, appeared in a photo from the Reform UK campaign earlier this month.

The Conservati­ves have since suspended her pending an investigat­ion. A post to X showed her at a campaign stop for Reform’s East Midlands Mayoral candidate Alan Graves.

Councillor Ben Bradley – leader of Conservati­ve Nottingham­shire County Council – is also campaignin­g for mayor. The picture was taken in Ashfield, which Mr Anderson represents as an MP. He was removed from the Conservati­ve Party last month and has now joined Reform UK.

Councillor Sinead Anderson is also part of the Conservati­ve group on Mansfield District Council, representi­ng Mansfield West.

Group leader Councillor Andre Camilleri dismissed the complaints, saying there would be no investigat­ion on a district level. “She’s not going to join the Reform Party, she was just there with her husband and she got in a photo,” he said. “It’s a storm in a teacup – it’s ridiculous.” He described the complaint as “mischief”.

Councillor Chris Barnfather, Conservati­ve Group business manager at the county council, said: “We are aware that Conservati­ve Central Office has received a complaint regarding Councillor Anderson from an Independen­t Alliance councillor. The matter is under investigat­ion in accordance with Conservati­ve Party rules, and we as a group are in contact with Conservati­ve Party headquarte­rs pending an outcome, which we hope will be forthcomin­g expeditiou­sly.”

Councillor Anderson has been contacted for comment.

Also standing in the East Midlands Mayoral race are Frank Adlington-stringer (Green), Matt Relf (Ind), Helen Tamblyn-saville (Lib Dem) and Clare Ward (Lab).

 ?? ?? Sinead Anderson is circled in red in the back row at a Reform UK event in Ashfield
Sinead Anderson is circled in red in the back row at a Reform UK event in Ashfield

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