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Keir Starmer Wagers £50 on Lee Anderson’s Loss of Ashfield Seat

(Credits: GB News)

Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, has placed a £50 bet that Lee Anderson, the current MP for Ashfield, will lose his seat at the upcoming general election. Starmer made this wager while criticizing Anderson’s political journey from Labour to the Tories and subsequently to Reform UK.

Ashfield is considered a crucial target for Starmer’s Labour Party in its quest to secure victory in the general election. Anderson, who previously stood as a Conservative candidate in 2019 and won with a majority of nearly 6,000 votes, joined Reform UK earlier this month after being stripped of the Tory whip for controversial remarks about Sadiq Khan.

Starmer (Credits: The Independent)

Despite Anderson’s previous electoral success, Starmer expressed confidence that Labour would win the Ashfield constituency this time around.

During a visit to the Mirror newsroom, Starmer made a bet with veteran journalist Paul Routledge, who quipped that he was a “poor man’s Piers” about Piers Morgan’s high-stakes bet with Rishi Sunak.

Starmer’s bet with Routledge emerged as a poll showed Reform UK gaining momentum, trailing just four points behind the Conservatives. However, Labour maintained a substantial lead with 44 percent support in the poll.

Rishi Sunak, facing internal party unrest and rumors of a leadership challenge, seized on favorable economic indicators as evidence that his policies were working.

Nevertheless, the defection of the Tories’ candidate for Manchester Mayor to Reform UK, citing the latter as the “new home of conservatism,” further underscored divisions within the Conservative Party.

Rishi Sunak (Credits: Tatler)

The defection of Dan Barker, the Tory candidate for Manchester Mayor, is seen as another blow to the Conservatives, who received less than 20 percent of the vote in the last mayoral contest in 2021. The move has led to speculation about dissatisfaction within the party regarding campaign funding and strategy.

With these changes happening, politics seems more unpredictable. Both big parties are dealing with pressure from smaller, new groups like Reform UK.

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