Tory MP launches angry tirade at Brexit protester outside Parliament: 'At least I've got a job'

Lee Anderson, the MP for Ashfield, accused Steve Bray of being a "parasite' and said he looked like a "tramp"

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Tory MP Lee Anderson launched an angry tirade at a Brexit protester outside Parliament this morning, telling him “At least I’ve got a job”.

Mr Anderson was confronted by activist Steve Bray who asked the MP is he would be showing his support for a “lying” Boris Johnson following the Partygate row.

Outraged at the question, a heated exchange between the MP for Ashfield and the protester followed.

Mr Anderson retorted: "At least I've got a job to lose, you haven't got one."

Mr Bray, who stages regular anti-Brexit protests around Westminster, replied: “"My job's annoying and holding people like you to account."

Tory MP Lee Anderson
Tory MP Lee Anderson
Richard Tice (right) with anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray ahead of the 2019 General Election in Westminster
Richard Tice (right) with anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray ahead of the 2019 General Election in Westminster

The MP answered: “You're nothing but a parasite. We've established that. You're a scrounger. Why are you here dressed like a tramp?"

Asked whether he was being "derogatory" towards people without jobs, Mr Anderson said: "I'll rephrase that: If you smartened yourself up you'd make a good tramp."

Mr Bray went on to claim his protests are a form of work as the public supply him with crowd-funding "cannot stand liars, cheats, charlatans, fraudsters, and con-artists – people like yourself – in office."

After the exchange, Mr Anderson headed over to the parliament’s security cordon accompanied by two police officers.

Mr Bray, often wearing a blue top hat, is frequently found outside parliament blaring music from a sound system.

This is at least the second heated encounter between the pair, after they made headlines in June 2021 after a row in a Westminster pub.

During which Mr Anderson once again slammed Mr Bray as a “parasite”.