Politics

Police ‘assessing’ hate speech complaint against Lee Anderson

Police are “assessing” a report of hate speech made against Lee Anderson following his claim “Islamists” had taken control of London and its mayor, Sadiq Khan, Sky News understands.

The Ashfield MP was suspended from the Conservative Party last weekend after he refused to apologise for the remarks, which have been branded as racist by Mr Khan and others.

However, while ministers – including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak – have described the comments as “wrong”, they have repeatedly declined to classify the comments as Islamophobic.

The Metropolitan Police do not name individuals who have not been charged with a criminal offence.

However, after it was first reported in The Sun, the force did confirm a report had been made to them regarding an allegation of hate speech from an MP.

A spokesperson said: “A report was made to police on Saturday, 24 February. Officers are assessing this report.”

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