Lee Anderson hits out at ‘leftie lawyers and bleeding-heart charities’

Senior Tory Lee Anderson has delivered an “unapologetic” reality check to the “woke cabal” who have bemoaned the conditions on offer to asylum seekers.

Traces of Legionella bacteria found in the water system of the Bibby Stockholm migrant barge saw it evacuated last week.

The vessel is part of the Government’s plan to slash the millions spent each day on housing asylum seekers.

Protests by locals continued yesterday at Portland, Dorset, where it is berthed.

The cost drain for accommodating migrants comes as average rent hit a record £1,243 a month. In London this figure is £2,109.

Conservative Party deputy chairman Mr Anderson said: “I’m not angry at the real asylum seekers who desperately need our help. This country has a proud history of helping those in genuine need, from Afghanistan to Ukraine and Hong Kong, and long may that continue.

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“I’m angry at the thousands of supposed ‘refugees’ who arrive on our shores looking for a handout.

“I’m angry at the army of leftie lawyers and bleeding-heart charities who line up ready to block the Government at every turn.

“Brits are sick to the back teeth of listening to this woke cabal lecture us on why we should willingly bend over backwards to accommodate these economic chancers.

“We’re already spending £7million a day to put them up in hotels, while Sir Keir’s left-wing lawyer chums file endless legal claims to keep them living the life of Riley.

“Why should these people benefit from four-star hotel accommodation and taxpayer-funded meals, while families have to graft just to get by?”

The outcry over taxpayer-funded hospitality comes as millions struggle to make ends meet, often in the private rented sector. Renters spend four times as much on housing than those who own, with little protection. Evictions are common and health and safety can be compromised.

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Experts say a place to stay is getting harder to afford.

Last month Generation Rent spent, on average, 32.1% of income on rent, up from 30.2% a year ago. In July 2017 the figure was 28.1%.

The three-storey Bibby is set to house 500 men. The Home Office said the 39 migrants on board last week were taken off as a precaution against the killer bug. Each room on the barge has at least a bunk bed, a desk, TV and en-suite. There is a 24-hour canteen, free wifi, nurses and on-call GPs. Shuttle buses to amenities are laid on along with activities. They were served breakfast, a three-course lunch and dinner.

The perks are far from those who work hard but have little or nothing to show for it.

The renting crisis comes more than a year after Housing Secretary Michael Gove promised fundamental reform and a “fairer private rented sector” to ensure all private landlords adhere to a binding standard on decency.

He said: “Everyone has a right to a decent home. The reality today is that far too many renters are living in damp, dangerous, cold homes, powerless to put things right, and with the threat of sudden eviction hanging over them.”

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HomeLet Rental Index chief executive Andy Halstead said: “The madness continues as July’s average rental price hit an astonishing £1,243, the highest average yet, creating concern for both tenants and landlords.

“We’re now edging towards a situation where a large proportion of tenants are simply unable to afford to live.”

Meanwhile, a report called the housing market “broken” and the main reason we are worse off than Americans.

The Social Market Foundation says 21% of our spending goes on housing, compared with 17% across the pond while US properties are 60% larger per resident. It comes after the Bank of England raised interest rates for the 14th consecutive time.

A Government spokesman said it would deliver one million homes in this Parliament and “are investing £11.5billion to build more of the affordable, quality homes”.

He added a new law “will abolish ‘no fault’ evictions to give renters more security in their homes and will mean a fairer deal for landlords and tenants”.

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