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Lee Anderson hits back at his critics

It’s the reshuffle move that everyone is talking about. The promotion of Lee Anderson to Tory deputy chairman has excited the Westminster press pack no end, with the Ashfield MP making headlines within his first 24 hours in the job. A run-in with a local radio station and his support for capital punishment have prompted much media interest into the 56-year-old. But some hacks, it seems, have now overstepped the mark.

Anderson took to Twitter this morning to complain that ‘some journalist is messaging ex miners who I worked with underground to ask about my life down the pits.’ To save the unknown journalist ‘time and effort’, Anderson helpfully listed his experience at four different collieries, including ‘coal face training at Creswell’ and working as a ‘rope fitter underground at Sutton.’ His riposte ended with the words ‘now go and check all my old social media posts to see what other stuff you can find or just get a proper job.’

Looks like the media won’t get Lee on miner offences just yet…

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